Minnesota Statute 609.78 Defines the crime of Interfering with EMERGENCY TELEPHONE CALLS AND COMMUNICATIONS.

One of the most common charges is a Gross Misdemeanor. As shown in the statute:

“Whoever does the following is guilty of a gross misdemeanor: intentionally interrupts, disrupts, impedes, or interferes with an emergency call or who intentionally prevents or hinders another from placing an emergency call…”

Commonly this charge is related to a charge of domestic abuse, where a spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend tells the police that their significant other took their cell phone, and prevented an emergency call.

This is a serious charge with serious implications.

“Everyone deserves a second chance. Too often I hear people telling me that a criminal conviction is affecting their ability to find a job, take care of their bills, and take care of their family. I am here to tell you that there is a new law that will potentially wipe your record clean. Under the old law, only judicial records were erased. Under the new law, you can potentially erase arrest records, BCA records, prosecutor’s records, and judicial records.”

Elliott Nickell


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