Interference with a 911 Call

Picture this domestic violence scenario: one person grabs a cell phone from another person in an attempt to prevent him or her from making a 911 call to report a battery or the destruction of property. Little to these individuals know, the criminal offense of interference with a 911 or emergency telephone call is prohibited by Texas Penal Code § 42.062.

The crime is classified as a Class A misdemeanor. If the defendant has previously been convicted of the offense, then the crime is charged as a state jail felony.

Attorney for Interfering with an Emergency Call in San Antonio, TX

If you were charged with interference with a 911 call under Texas Penal Code § 42.062 then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Goldstein, Goldstein, Hilley & Orr. We represent clients throughout Plano, TX, and the greater Dallas – Fort Worth area.

Call (210) 226-1463 today for a free consultation to discuss your case.


Two Types of Offenses under Texas Penal Code § 42.062

Under subsection (a), the defendant commits the crime of interference with an emergency telephone call (also known as a “911 call”) if the defendant knowingly prevents or interferes with another person’s ability to place an emergency telephone call or to request assistance in an emergency from a law enforcement agency, medical facility, or other agency or entity the primary purpose of which is to provide for the safety of individuals.

Under subsection (b), the crime can also be committed when the defendant recklessly renders unusable a telephone that would otherwise be used by another individual to place an emergency telephone call or to request assistance in an emergency from a law enforcement agency, medical facility, or other agency or entity the primary purpose of which is to provide for the safety of individuals.

The statute defines the term “emergency” as a condition or circumstance in which any individual is or is reasonably believed by the individual making a telephone call to be in fear of imminent assault or in which property is or is reasonably believed by the individual making the telephone call to be in imminent danger.


Finding an Attorney for Texas Penal Code § 42.062 Charges

If you were arrested for Texas Penal Code § 42.062, interference with a 911 call, then contact a criminal defense attorney at Goldstein, Goldstein, Hilley & Orr. We represent clients throughout Plano, TX, and the surrounding areas of Dallas – Fort Worth.

Call (210) 226-1463 today to talk with an attorney about the particular facts of your case.


This article was last updated on Friday, November 22, 2017.

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