Making a fake or prank phone call to 911 might seem like good fun but it’s not something you want to follow through with. Neither law enforcement offices nor court officials have a sense of humor.
To put it simply, making fake or prank 911 calls is illegal. In some situations, that single phone call could even result in felony charges.
The best way to learn just how much trouble making a fake or prank 911 call can land you in is by setting aside a few minutes to read California’s Penal Code 148.3. When you do, you’ll learn that you can’t:
Call 911 and make a fake report of a crime/injury/accident
You can’t make a 911 call that results in the dispatcher or a law enforcement offer making a 911 report
You can’t use 911 to report a fictional emergency
You can’t call 911 and make a report that you know is false