Interference with 911 Calls in Texas

A charge of interference with a 911 call is taken very seriously in Texas because it is thought to place the life or health of another person in jeopardy. This charge often arises during domestic disputes and is sometimes accompanied by family violence charges. Although interfering with a 911 call is normally treated as a misdemeanor, in some cases it can be prosecuted as a felony. In order to make a successful case, the prosecutor has several elements to prove before you can be convicted, such as:

  • Did you interfere with another person who was trying to place an emergency assistance call to a public facility that is responsible for some aspect of public safety (such as a police station or a hospital);
  • Did the person attempting to make the call reasonably believe that the situation was an “emergency” as defined under Texas law — someone was in danger of imminent assault, or property was in imminent danger of damage or destruction. The “reasonably” requirement means that you can be convicted of interference with a 911 call even if there was no actual emergency, as long as the caller had a good reason to believe that the emergency was real; and
  • Was your act of interference performed with the intent of preventing the person from making the emergency call?

Penalties

Normally, the offense of interference with a 911 call is a Class A misdemeanor, the most serious form of misdemeanor that is available under Texas law. Even though it is only a misdemeanor, you could be sentenced to a year in jail and be required to pay a fine of up to $4,000. If you have been convicted of this offense at least once before, the prosecutor can seek a conviction as a state jail felony, which would mean 180 days to 2 years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000. Whether convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony, you might also be forbidden to own or possess a firearm.

An Attorney Who Will Fight For You

A charge of interfering with a 911 call is serious business in Texas, and it always carries the possibility of significant jail time. Your fate doesn’t have to be placed into the hands of a Texas state prosecutor, however. If you have been charged or merely accused of interference with a 911 call, you need to seek legal counsel right away. I will fight for every inch of ground in your case, and I will relentlessly cross-examine your accusers. Call Corley Legal, PLLC any time, day or night, 7 days a week, for an initial consultation on your case. I can be reached in either San Antonio or Austin and surrounding counties at (210) 444-2889 / (512) 444-2889.

I will fight for you. Contact Attorney Linda S. Corley today!