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Silent or Abusive Calls to 9-1-1 Service

Silent or Abusive Calls to 9-1-1 Service

Chapter 42 of the Texas Penal Code defines disorderly conduct and other related charges.

“Silent or Abusive Calls to 9-1-1 Service”, as per § 42.061 of the Texas Penal Code, occurs when a 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:

  • remains silent; or

  • makes abusive or harassing statements to a PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) employee.

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 previously.

An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor.

Severity of Crime

Misdemeanor B

  • Confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days

  • Fine not to exceed $2,000

  • Both such fine and confinement