Interfering With 911 Calls Leading to More Arrests in Texas
Dallas residents know that there has been a public push to stop domestic violence. In recent years, police officers in Texas have been more aggressive in arresting and charging citizens with domestic violence crimes. One of those crimes that law enforcement has used more frequently is Interference With an Emergency Call.
If a person tries to prevent another person from calling the police or other emergency personnel, the police can and will make an arrest under this statute. The offense is a Class A Misdemeanor, which carries up to a year in jail. It can be upgraded to a State Jail Felony if the defendant has a previous conviction for the same offense.
Under the law the prosecution must prove the defendant knowingly prevented or interfered with another persons ability to call 911. There are defenses to this accusation. Sometimes couples fight over phones when angry but not with the intent to prevent a 911 call. If you are arrested for Interfering With an Emergency Call you need to consult with a criminal attorney to discuss your rights and defenses.