OLR Research Report


November 27, 2002

 

2002-R-0891

STATE LAWS MAKING IT A CRIME TO INTERRUPT A "911" CALL

 

By: Danielle O'Connell, Legislative Fellow

State

Scope

Intention Required

Penalty

Georgia

GA. Code Ann. § 16-10-24. 3

Any emergency call

Yes

Misdemeanor

Hawaii

Haw. Rev. Stat. § 710-1010. 5

Any emergency call

Yes

Misdemeanor

Illinois

Ill. Comp. Stat. § 720 5/12-6. 3

Domestic violence calls only

No

Misdemeanor

Indiana

Ind. Code §§ 35-45-2-3 and

35-45-2-5

Any emergency call

Yes

Misdemeanor

Iowa

Iowa Code § 727. 5

Any emergency call

Yes

Misdemeanor

Maryland

MD. Code Ann. § 11D

Any emergency call

Yes

Misdemeanor

Minnesota

Minn. Stat. § 518B. 01

Minn. Stat. § 609. 78

Domestic violence calls only

Any emergency call

Yes

Yes

Misdemeanor

Misdemeanor

Missouri

MO. Rev. Stat. § 190. 308

Any emergency call

No

Misdemeanor

New Hampshire

N. H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 642: 10

Any emergency call

Yes

Misdemeanor

North Carolina

N. C. Gen. Stat. § 14-286. 2

Any emergency call

Yes

Misdemeanor

North Dakota

N. D. Cent. Code § 12. 1-21-06. 1

Any emergency call

Yes

Misdemeanor,

or felony if intentional

Ohio

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2909. 04

Any emergency call

Yes

Felony

Oregon

OR. Rev. Stat. § 165. 572

Any emergency call

Yes

Misdemeanor

South Carolina

S. C. Code Ann. § 23-47-80

Any emergency call

No

Misdemeanor

Texas

Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 42. 062

Any emergency call

Yes

Misdemeanor,

or felony if second or subsequent offense

Washington

Wash. Rev. Code § 9A. 36. 150

Domestic violence calls only

No

Misdemeanor