Interference with Radio Frequency Licensed to Government Entity

Chapter 38 of the Texas Penal Code defines offenses relating to the obstruction of governmental operation.

“Interference with Radio Frequency Licensed to Government Entity”, as per § 38.152 of the Texas Penal Code, occurs when a person, without the effective consent of the law enforcement agency, fire department, or emergency medical services provider, the person intentionally interrupts, disrupts, impedes, jams, or otherwise interferes with a radio frequency that is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to a government entity and is used by the law enforcement agency, fire department, or emergency medical services provider.

An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor, except that the offense is a state jail felony if the actor committed the offense with the intent to:

  • facilitate the commission of another offense; or
  • interfere with the ability of a law enforcement agency, a fire department, or an emergency medical services provider to respond to an emergency.

Punishment Range

Misdemeanor A

  • Confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year
  • Fine not to exceed $4,000
  • Both such fine and confinement

State Jail Felony

  • Confinement in a state jail for not more than two years and not less than 180 days
  • In addition to confinement, may receive a fine not to exceed $10,000

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