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can you get iressted for calling 911 when there isn't an emergency?
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can you get iressted for calling 911 when there isn't an emergency?


2009-06-19 22:37:55 +0000
Yes, you can. However, It is not common unless you do so repeatedly, or your reason is ridiculous. If you have a legitimate reason to call the police, they usually are not overly picky about what is or is not an emergency.

2009-06-19 22:23:00 +0000
As a matter of fact, we have had several people that were arrested here in the Tampa Bay area in the past few months for doing just that. In every case, deputies would show up at the place where the calls were coming from (one place was a strip club where a guy thought the lap dance he had paid for was too short) and warn the person to stop calling 911 or they could face being arrested. In every case there were at least 10 calls made to the 911 operators and some type of drug or Alcohol was used before the calls were placed.

So yes, you can be arrested for calling 911 if there is no emergency.

2009-06-19 22:41:24 +0000
Yes, you can be arrested for making a false report if you prank call 911. You could also open yourself up to other charges (both civil and criminal) should there be an accident or something that occurs as a result of your fake phone call.

Your question implies that the call would be a prank, which is illegal. But, if you are referring to calling 911 for a "non-emergency" issue, then you would most likely not be charged. For example, if you call 911 because you're sick of your neighbor's dog barking late at night, then you would be instructed on the proper use of 911 but you wouldn't be in any legal trouble (unless you consistently do it). Many people call 911 for what they consider to be "emergencies", which really are NOT emergencies that require immediate & life risking responses. Just remember, unless it involves an immediate life or property saving issue, just call the police business line for help.

2009-06-19 22:18:03 +0000
Well yeah...Dumb people try and do it about their fast food orders.

2009-06-20 03:59:56 +0000
If your pranking or calling in false information, then yes you can get arrested for calling 911.

If it was a mistake or you weren't sure if the current situation was considered an emergency then no. They'll ask you to hang up and call the non emergency number.

2009-06-19 22:18:56 +0000
yes, the system traces your phone call, so if its a prank, the cops will show up at your house.

2009-06-19 22:23:08 +0000
Probably only if you were maliciously prank-calling. People don't get arrested for misjudging whether something is a true emergency (though they will be told not to call 911 again for such a problem).

2009-06-19 22:23:50 +0000
CAN you? Yes.
WILL you? Probably not.

There are laws against misuse of 911, but the definitions of misuse are quite spelled out. Some things that are obviously misuse still fall into legal gray areas that make prosecution difficult.

The police will tell that you can be arrested for almost anything involving 911 that might not strictly be an emergency. They are sometimes right about that, and a lot of times not. Actually, they are right about it all the time. You CAN be arrested, but probably won't be since trials are expensive and hard to prosecute. One woman called 911 because she had been robbed. She felt the store charged her way too much for the dress she'd bought. She was neither arrested nor even charged.

2009-06-19 23:05:38 +0000
You sure can and you probably will.

2009-06-19 22:17:45 +0000

2009-06-19 22:21:05 +0000

What if someone you loved died of a heart attack or something, because emergency personnel were off on a wild goose chase over something that wasn't an emergency?

Could be manslaughter.

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