Interference with Emergency Call

Preventing someone from dialing 911 may not seem like a crime, but under Texas law it is. According to Texas Penal Code Section 42.062, Interference with 911 is an offense and may result in a Class A misdemeanor.

Normally, interfering with a 911 call is a result of domestic violence. Every scenario is different. There are many reasons why an individual may stop another from making a 911 call. Texas law, however, is not very forgiving when it comes to inhibiting a 911 call. Interference with an emergency call charge can be difficult to beat, since most side with the victim.

It is imperative to seek legal representation if you’ve been charged with interference with an emergency call.

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Interfering with Emergency Call under Texas Law

The Texas Penal Code classifies interference with an emergency call under two types. § 42.062 states that the alleged offender commits a crime of interference with a 911 call when they knowingly or intentionally:

  • Interferes with another person’s ability to place an emergency telephone call; or
  • Request assistance in an emergency from law enforcement, medical facility, or other agencies whose primary purpose is to provide safety to individuals.

Subsection (b) of § 42.062 states a person can be charged with Interference with 911 if they do any of the following:

  • Recklessly renders unusable a telephone that would otherwise be used by another individual to place an emergency call; or,
  • Request assistance in an emergency from a law enforcement agency, medical facility, or other agency whose primary purpose is to provide safety to individuals.

Texas law defines “emergency’ as a condition or circumstance in which the individual calling emergency services has reason to believe any of the following:

Penalties for Interfering with an Emergency Call

Every situation is different. There are always two sides to every story, especially when it comes to family. Texas law, however, is not kind to those who interfere with an emergency call. If convicted of Interference with 911, the penalty is a Class A misdemeanor.

Class A misdemeanors in Texas can possibly result in:

  • Incarceration of up to one year in county jail; and
  • A possible fine of up to $4000

If the defendant has been previously convicted of interference with an emergency call the penalty could result in a state jail felony.

State jail felonies in Texas can possibly result in:

  • A maximum of two years in a state jail; and
  • A possible fine of up to $10,000

Additional Resources

Texas 911& Kari’s Law – Visit the local Texas 911 website and learn what direct access to 911 means. Learn about Kari’s law and how 911 users no longer have to dial an initial number, digit, prefix or other access number or code before dialing.

Commission on State Emergency Communications – Visit the Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC) website and read more on the state’s authority on emergency communications. Learn about the 12 CSEC members who represent various public and private sector interests, and how the members are appointed.

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