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911 Interference

The Minnesota and Wisconsin criminal defense attorneys at Newmark Storms Law Office have experience handling domestic violence cases including 911 interference charges.

Interfering with 911 Emergency Calls

It is a crime to intentionally interfere with someone attempting to call 911 for emergency assistance. This charge is most commonly seen surrounding a domestic disturbance.

It is a gross misdemeanor to intentionally interrupt, disrupt, impede, or interfere with someone trying to make an emergency call. A gross misdemeanor 911 interference conviction can include up to one year in prison and $3,000 in fines.

However, if the interruption ultimately results in the death of the victim, then the charge will be a felony with a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.

Interference with Emergency Communications
According to the Minnesota statute, anyone who knowingly interferes with a law enforcement frequency or channel to obstruct, prevent, or misdirect official law enforcement, firefighters, or emergency medical services is guilty of a felony. This sentence carries up to three years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Making False Call for Emergency Assistance
If a person knowingly makes a false call for emergency police, fire, medical, or ambulance assistance he or she could be charged with a misdemeanor offense.

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