Can you get in trouble for prank calling?

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Pranking the police is a funny idea, but what are the consequences?

You might be surprised to find out that prank callers can get in trouble with the law.

In this blog post, we will discuss some of these consequences and why you should think twice before prank calling!

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Prank callers can get in trouble with the law. A lot of pranksters think that they are protected by “the First Amendment,” but this is not true. While there are exceptions, it’s illegal to make a fake emergency phone call to 911 without an actual public safety need or legitimate purpose.

Those who do so could be charged and put on trial for misdemeanour offences such as obstructing justice, disorderly conduct, making false distress calls or malicious use of telephone service (see sources).

Making these types of phone calls is dangerous because it ties up resources at both ends. Those listening during the prank call and police dispatchers trying to figure out what’s going on while allocating proper personnel at different locations.


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