Interference with Emergency Request for Assistance
Fort Worth Criminal Defense Attorney Justin Sparks
When is it Interference?
Also known as Interference with a 911 Call, this statute was passed in response to domestic violence situations where one party is accused of preventing someone from calling 911 by damaging or taking away their phone. Under Texas Penal Code Sec. 42.062 this offense occurs when a person…
Knowingly prevents or interferes with another person’s ability to place an emergency call or to request emergency assistance from a law enforcement agency or medical facility, or
Recklessly renders unusable an electronic communications device, such as a telephone, that would otherwise be used by another individual to place an emergency call or to request emergency assistance from a law enforcement agency or medical facility.
Punishment is a Class A misdemeanor with up to 1 year of jail time and a fine of up to $4,000. A previous conviction elevates this offense to a state jail felony.
HIRE A COMPETENT Defense ATTORNEY
Judges and jurors take a dim view of an accuser preventing someone from calling 911. For that reason, you need an experienced attorney who is qualified to present your defense following extensive pre-trial preparation. Justin Sparks is an experienced Fort Worth Interference with Emergency Request for Assistance Attorney who offers a free consultation to analyze the facts of your case and your chances of a successful defense.
Defenses to this alleged crime include the following:
No emergency existed
The evidence is insufficient
The alleged victim was not in fear of an imminent assault
Property of the alleged victim was not in imminent danger of damage or destruction
Charged with Preventing Someone from Calling 911?
You may not have even realized that interference with an emergency call could lead to a criminal charge, but if you find yourself faced with a charge of this nature, make sure you have the defense you need. Justin has served the citizens of Dallas/Fort Worth for over nine years, and has advised numerous defendants. Call 817-334-0300
Justin Sparks has been defending clients across Fort Worth and Dallas for over ten years. Our firm helps you through the criminal process, from investigation to appeals, if need be. Free consultations for all new cases.