An emergency communication, such as police communicating a request for an ambulance, is extremely important to public safety. Unfortunately, there are instances when those communications are interrupted or interfered with. If there is evidence that someone intended to interfere with the emergency communication, they could be subjected to harsh penalties under Nevada law.
Pursuant to NRS 207.161, the following terms apply to the laws associated with interfering with emergency communications:
When a person is on a call, no matter how important, the necessity to make a call to 911 is more important yet. If every other apparent public phone is tied up, you must get off your call and allow the other person to make the emergency call. If you do not immediately relinquish the telephone, you are violating the law.
Regardless of how long someone is taking on a call, don’t be tempted to pretend to need the phone for an emergency call so you can get them to finally hang up and give you the phone. This can get you in trouble with the law as it is illegal.
Almost every telephone directory contains a notice of this law. In fact, if a notice of the NRS 207.163 are not listed in the telephone directory provided by a person, corporation, or firm providing telephone service, they are breaking the law.
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It should be pretty simple to locate the notice. It has to be displayed in a specific way. They must be:
However, an important exception is classified directories, which are telephone directories handed out exclusively for business purposes, do not need to contain this notice.
A call to 911 is not merited for a barking dog or loud party, minor cut, or power outage. The kinds of things that constitute an emergency call are:
If a person gets on the emergency channel on the Citizen’s Radio Service to knowingly, intentionally, recklessly, or with criminal negligence, impede, interrupt, or otherwise interfere with emergency communication, he’ll be guilty of a misdemeanor.
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The person committing the crime is impeding a person who is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury from getting help. Or this person is keeping the property, which is in imminent danger of destruction or damage from being tended to.
If the person suffering the emergency ends up suffering serious bodily harm due to the criminal’s interference or if there ends up being property damage to the extent of $1,001 or above, the offender will be charged with a gross misdemeanor.
The person will be alleged to have knowingly, intentionally, or with criminal negligence impeded, interrupted, or interfered with the emergency transmission on the Citizen’s Radio Service if the person who caused the interference:
If you were arrested in Las Vegas for allegedly interfering with an emergency communication, now is the time for immediate action. Do not just listen to friends and family about what to do in your case. Remember, every criminal case is unique and different. More importantly, your freedom should not be left to chance. Instead, it is strongly recommended that you retain the services of an experienced and qualified Las Vegas criminal defense attorney. Contact LV Criminal Defense at (702) 623-6362 to request a free consultation.