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