Aggressively Protecting Your Rights

If you interfere with a 911 call, you could face charges

| Jul 27, 2020 | Criminal Defense

You saw that one of your friends was in an argument with the other. You didn’t want to step in, but when you saw that one struck the other, you decided to act. You tried to separate them and ended up getting hit yourself.

The other person backed off, and they tried to leave. Your second friend was angry and decided to call 911 for assault; after all, they had a broken nose and black eye, so they would need medical attention. You knocked the phone away from them, saying you’d take them to the hospital and that calling the police wasn’t necessary. The operator on the other end had already started talking to them, however, before the connection was broken.

Your friend got in their car on their own and left. A few minutes later, you had the police knocking on your door. It turns out that they called 911 again and said they had been stopped from calling 911. Now, you’re facing accusations of interfering with a call, even though the intention wasn’t to hang up on the operator. 

What should you do?

Interfering with a 911 call is serious and can lead to criminal charges. Though you did offer to take your friend to the hospital, that doesn’t matter. Interfering with a 911 call could put lives at risk and causes a strain on the emergency system.

The prosecution in the case will have to prove that hanging up on the operator and stopping your friend from calling was intentional. The situation should also actually be proven to be an emergency. Since your friend wasn’t in danger, that could be debatable. 

Your attorney will talk to you more about this situation. It’s complicated, and you will need a strong defense — but it’s always smart to speak with an attorney before you start talking to the police. Your future defense may be a lot easier, if you do.