If you’re a door-to-door salesman in Phoenix, it’s important to be aware of the city’s new restrictions when it comes to solicitation. Due to safety concerns from the community, the Phoenix City Council passed a new law that sets certain rules for solicitors. The Arizona Republic reports that violators of the law can be charged with a misdemeanor.
An individual convicted of the violation can be sentenced up to six months in jail and ordered to pay a fine up to $2,500. A business convicted of the solicitation violation can reportedly face fines as high as $25,000. The following rules now apply in Phoenix:
- Solicitors cannot knock on doors from the hours of 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. April 1 through Sept. 30, and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. from Oct. 1 through March 31.
- Solicitors who are 15 years of age and older must carry a driver's license or other form of identification with them. The solicitor must provide the ID if a resident asks to see it.
- Solicitors must leave the premises if a resident tells them to leave or if a sign is posted that warns against trespassing. Solicitors are also prohibited from touching any windows on a property and passing through a gate that has a "no trespassing" like sign.
- Solicitors may not falsely claim that they have a government-issued business license, regulatory license or a tax license.
These new rules for solicitation were unanimously approved by all nine members of the Phoenix City Council on March 2. Anybody who is charged with a misdemeanor for violating these rules always has the right to be represented by a Phoenix criminal defense attorney in court.