Interference with a 911 Emergency Call

Interference with a 911 Emergency Call

Interference with a 911 Emergency Call is usually paired with a Domestic Assault, or Family Violence case. It involves a situation where an attempt to call 911 is made during an assault, and the person is prevented from calling 911.

A case involving Interference with a 911 Emergency Call usually involves a couple arguing, where one party feels the situation is getting out of hand. Or, one party decides they want the other person to leave, who refuses. Once the decision is made to call 911, police, or an emergency call, any interference can be enough to trigger an arrest. This includes grabbing the phone away, breaking a phone, ripping out landline wires, or otherwise preventing a call from being made.

Loss of Gun Rights and Family Violence Findings

Conviction of Interference with a 911 Emergency Call can cause a person to lose the right to buy or possess firearms. This is because of the possibility a Judge will make a "Family Violence Finding," meaning the case is designated under a different code section as involving Domestic Assault or Family Violence. Even though Interference with a 911 Emergency Call is only a misdemeanor, a conviction can cause serious life-long consequences.

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What are the Punishments?

Family Violence case can be either Misdemeanors or Felonys. If the defendant has a prior Interference with a 911 Emergency Call, then thw next arrest will be enhanced to a felony.

Penalties for Interference with a 911 Emergency Call
Level of Offense Punishment
Class C Misdemeanor Not Applicable
Class B Misdemeanor Not Applicable
Class A Misdemeanor Not more than 1 year in a county jail, and/or no more than $4,000 fines
State jail felony 180 days to 2 years in a state jail, and/or no more than $10,000 fines
3rd Degree Felony 2-10 Years in Prison, and/or no more than $10,000 fines

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