Texas Penal Code § 42.061. Silent or Abusive Calls to 9-1-1 Service

(a) In this section “9-1-1 service” and “public safety answering point” or “PSAP” have the meanings assigned by Section 771.001, Health and Safety Code .

(b) A person commits an offense if the person makes a call to a 9-1-1 service, or requests 9-1-1 service using an electronic communications device, when there is not an emergency and knowingly or intentionally:

(1) remains silent;  or

(2) makes abusive or harassing statements to a PSAP employee.

(c) A person commits an offense if the person knowingly permits an electronic communications device, including a telephone, under the person's control to be used by another person in a manner described in Subsection (b).

(d) An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor.


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