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5 AN ACT RELATING TO THE CRIMINAL CODE; AMENDING THE OFFENSES OF
6 CRIMINAL MISCHIEF AND EMERGENCY TELEPHONE ABUSE AS THEY RELATE TO
7 REPORTING OF EMERGENCIES; CREATING THE OFFENSE OF DAMAGING OR
8 INTERRUPTING A COMMUNICATION DEVICE USED TO REPORT AN EMERGENCY,
9 AND PROVIDING CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR THE OFFENSE.
10 This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
12 76-6-106, as last amended by Chapter 300, Laws of Utah 1997
13 76-9-202, as enacted by Chapter 196, Laws of Utah 1973
15 76-6-108, Utah Code Annotated 1953
16 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
17 Section 1. Section 76-6-106 is amended to read:
18 76-6-106. Criminal mischief.
19 (1) A person commits criminal mischief if the person:
20 (a) under circumstances not amounting to arson, damages or destroys property with the
21 intention of defrauding an insurer;
22 (b) intentionally and unlawfully tampers with the property of another and [
23 a result:
24 (i) recklessly endangers:
25 (A) human life; or
26 (B) human health or safety; or
27 (ii) recklessly causes or threatens a substantial interruption or impairment of:
1 (A) any public utility service; or
2 (B) any service or facility that provides communication with any public, private, or
3 volunteer entity whose purpose is to respond to fire, police, or medical emergencies;
4 (c) intentionally damages, defaces, or destroys the property of another; or
5 (d) recklessly or willfully shoots or propels a missile or other object at or against a motor
6 vehicle, bus, airplane, boat, locomotive, train, railway car, or caboose, whether moving or
8 (2) (a) A violation of Subsection (1)(a) is a felony of the third degree.
9 (b) A violation of Subsection (1)(b) or (c) is a class A misdemeanor, except that a violation
10 of Subsection (1)(b)(i)(B) is a class B misdemeanor.
11 (c) Any other violation of this section is a:
12 (i) felony of the second degree if the actor's conduct causes or is intended to cause
13 pecuniary loss equal to or in excess of $5,000 in value;
14 (ii) felony of the third degree if the actor's conduct causes or is intended to cause pecuniary
15 loss equal to or in excess of $1,000 but is less than $5,000 in value;
16 (iii) class A misdemeanor if the actor's conduct causes or is intended to cause pecuniary
17 loss equal to or in excess of $300 but is less than $1,000 in value; and
18 (iv) class B misdemeanor if the actor's conduct causes or is intended to cause pecuniary
19 loss less than $300 in value.
20 (3) In determining the value of damages under this section, or for computer crimes under
21 Section 76-6-703, the value of any computer, computer network, computer property, computer
22 services, software, or data shall include the measurable value of the loss of use of such items and
23 the measurable cost to replace or restore such items.
24 Section 2. Section 76-6-108 is enacted to read:
25 76-6-108. Damage to or interruption of a communication device.
26 (1) As used in this section:
27 (a) "Communication device" means any device, including a telephone, cellular telephone,
28 computer, or radio, which may be used in an attempt to summon police, fire, medical, or other
29 emergency aid.
30 (b) "Emergency" means any situation in which:
31 (i) property or human health or safety is in jeopardy; and
1 (ii) the prompt summoning of aid is essential to the preservation of the property or human
2 safety or health.
3 (2) A person is guilty of damage to or interruption of a communication device if the actor
4 attempts to prohibit or interrupt, or prohibits or interrupts, another person's use of communication
5 equipment when the other person is attempting to summon emergency aid or has communicated
6 a desire to summon emergency aid, and in the process the actor:
7 (a) uses force, intimidation, or any other form of violence;
8 (b) destroys, disables, or damages communication equipment; or
9 (c) commits any other act in an attempt to prohibit or interrupt the person's use of a
10 communication device to summon emergency aid.
11 (3) Damage to or interruption of a communication device is a class B misdemeanor.
12 Section 3. Section 76-9-202 is amended to read:
13 76-9-202. Emergency reporting abuse.
14 (1) A person is guilty of emergency [
15 (a) intentionally refuses to yield or surrender the use of a party line or a public pay
16 telephone to another person upon being informed that [
17 or summon police, medical, or other aid in case of emergency, unless [
18 likewise being used for an emergency call; [
19 (b) asks for or requests the use of a party line or a public pay telephone on the pretext that
20 an emergency exists, knowing that no emergency exists[
21 (c) reports an emergency or causes an emergency to be reported to any public, private, or
22 volunteer entity whose purpose is to respond to fire, police, or medical emergencies, when the
23 actor knows the reported emergency does not exist.
24 (2) [
26 (b) A violation of Subsection (1)(c) is a class B misdemeanor.
27 (3) For the purposes of this section:
29 the prompt summoning of aid is essential to the preservation of human life or property.
31 more main telephone stations connected therewith, each station with a distinctive ring or telephone
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-2-98 10:52 AM
A limited legal review of this bill raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
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