OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER AND DECENCY: FALSE REPORT and ABUSIVE CALLS

FALSE REPORT TO INDUCE EMERGENCY RESPONSE.  

A person commits an offense if: 

– the person makes a report of a criminal offense or an emergency or causes a report of a criminal offense or an emergency to be made to a peace officer, law enforcement agency, 9-1-1 service, official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies, or any other governmental employee or contractor who is authorized to receive reports of a criminal offense or emergency; 

–  the person knows that the report is false; 

–  the report causes an emergency response from a law enforcement agency or other emergency responder; and 

–  in making the report or causing the report to be made, the person is reckless with regard to whether the emergency response by a law enforcement agency or other emergency responder may directly result in bodily injury to another person. 

An offense is a Class A misdemeanor, except that the offense is: 

–  a state jail felony if it is shown on the trial of the offense that the defendant has previously been convicted two or more times of an offense under this section;  

A felony of the third degree if: 

–  the false report was of a criminal offense to which a law enforcement agency or other emergency responder responded; and  

–  a person suffered serious bodily injury or death as a direct result of lawful conduct arising out of that response. 

SILENT OR ABUSIVE CALLS TO 9-1-1 SERVICE.   
 
Description: “9-1-1 service” and “public safety answering point” or “PSAP”  
 
– A person commits an offense if the person makes a call to a 9-1-1 service, or requests 9-1-1 service using an electronic communications device, when there is not an emergency and knowingly or intentionally: 

–  remains silent; or 

–  makes abusive or harassing statements to a PSAP employee. 

A person commits an offense if the person knowingly permits an electronic communications device, including a telephone, under the person’s control to be used by another person is a Class B misdemeanor. 

INTERFERENCE WITH EMERGENCY REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE.   

An individual commits an offense if the individual knowingly prevents or interferes with another individual’s ability to place an emergency call or to request assistance, including a request for assistance using an electronic communications device, 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. 

An individual commits an offense if the individual recklessly renders unusable an electronic communications device, including a telephone, that would otherwise be used by another individual to place an emergency 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. 

An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor, except that the offense is a state jail felony if the actor has previously been convicted under this section. 

Description: “emergency” means a condition or circumstance in which any individual is or is reasonably believed by the individual making a call or requesting assistance to be in fear of imminent assault or in which property is or is reasonably believed by the individual making the call or requesting assistance to be in imminent danger of damage or destruction. 

As always, the best option is to contact Atlas Bail and go over available info and all the details. With our experience, knowledge, and great customer service, we can have your loved ones back to you as soon as the law will allow us. From the moment you show up in our office we understand your need for guidance and help. The fact that a person is in jail is only the beginning of the process. Selecting AAA Atlas Bail is an important first step. With years of experience in our office, we most definitely will have the right answer for you. 

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