If you have been accused of Interference with Emergency Telephone Call, it is very important that you understand your legal rights and take steps to protect your clean criminal record and ensure that you are not convicted of this crime. The most common scenario where an individual is arrested for Interference with Emergency Telephone Call is when an argument takes place between individuals and, during the heated exchange, one of the individuals takes the phone away from the other preventing a 911 call or call for help.

What Is Required to Prove Interference with Emergency Telephone Call?

Under Texas Penal Code, Section 42.062, an individual commits the crime of Interference with Emergency Telephone Call if the individual knowingly prevents or interferes with another individual’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.

Additionally, an individual may also be charged with the crime of Interference with Emergency Telephone Call if the individual 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.

What Does “Emergency” mean?

Under the same section of the Texas Penal Code, “Emergency” means 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 of damage or destruction.

As you can see, determining whether or not the circumstances of your case presented an “emergency” will depend upon the opinion of the witness or witnesses to the incident. Often, police officers will fail to request a written statement from witnesses and fail to determine if a true “emergency” was present. It is critical that you hire an experienced attorney to investigate this element of the offense and determine, after an interview with the witnesses involved, if the State of Texas can prove all of the criminal elements of Interference with Emergency Telephone Call beyond a reasonable doubt.

What is the Range of Punishment for Interference with Emergency Telephone Call?

Under the Texas Penal Code, Interference with Emergency Telephone Call is classified as a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a term in the Tarrant County jail of up to 1 year and up to a $4,000 fine. However, if an individual goes to trial and is convicted by a jury or judge and it is proven that the individual was previously convicted of Interference with Emergency Telephone Call, the crime will be classified as a State Jail Felony, punishable by a term in a State Jail Facility of no more than 2 years but not less than 180 days.

As you can see from the possible range of punishment for Interference with Emergency Telephone Call, the criminal consequences associated with a conviction for this crime could result in serious jail time and a permanent stain on your criminal record that could prevent you from future employment and personal opportunities. if you have been charged with Interference with Emergency Telephone Call in Tarrant County, you need to hire the services of an experienced criminal lawyer that specializes in handling criminal cases in Tarrant County.

At The Hampton Law Firm, you will find the experience and trial skills of a former Tarrant County Prosecutor that can work with you to resolve your case and keep you out of jail and ensure this arrest and charge can come off of your criminal record. Don’t hesitate now! Call The Hampton Law Firm now and schedule a free consultation with Jeff Hampton. Call now at 817-877-5200.

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