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December 12, 2023

§ 13-2915. Preventing use of telephone in emergency; false representation of emergency; classification; definitions

A. It is unlawful for a person to do any of the following:

1. Knowingly refuse to yield or surrender the use of a party line to another person to report a fire or summon police or medical or other aid in case of emergency.

2. Ask for or request the use of a party line on the pretext that an emergency exists, knowing that no emergency in fact exists.

3. Intentionally prevent or interfere with the use of a telephone by another person in an emergency situation.

B. Every telephone directory that is compiled and distributed to subscribers shall contain a notice explaining this section. The notice shall be printed in type that is no smaller than any other type on the same page, other than headings, and shall be preceded by the word “warning”. This subsection does not apply to directories that are distributed solely for business advertising purposes, commonly known as classified directories.

C. This section does not require a person to allow another person to enter the person’s home or place of residence for the purpose of using a telephone in an emergency situation.

D. A person who violates this section is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor.

E. For the purposes of this section:

1. “Emergency” means a situation in which property or human life is in jeopardy and the prompt summoning of aid is essential.

2. “Emergency situation” means a situation in which both of the following apply:

(a) Human health, life or safety is in jeopardy and the prompt summoning of aid is essential.

(b) It is reasonable to believe that a domestic violence offense pursuant to § 13-3601 is being, has been or is about to be committed.

3. “Party line” means a subscriber’s line telephone circuit, consisting of two or more main telephone stations connected therewith, each station with a distinctive ring or telephone number.