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Emergency Telephone Calls Per Wisconsin Statute 941.35

If you refuse give your phone to someone so he can call 911 for an emergency telephone call, you could be subject to a Class B forfeiture, with a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine. However, using someone's phone under the false pretense of an emergency could be a Class B forfeiture.

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Overview of Wisconsin Statute 941.35: Emergency Telephone Calls

As defined by the statute, an “emergency” is a “situation in which property or human life are in jeopardy and the prompt summoning of aid is essential. Under Wisconsin law, if you refuse to allow someone to use your phone to report a fire, or summon the police, an ambulance or other aid in the event of an emergency, you are subject to a Class B forfeiture (a fine not to exceed $1,000). Conversely, anyone who asks to use another’s phone on the pretext of an emergency, and knowing there is no emergency, is also subject to a Class B forfeiture. The statute also provides that telephone directories shall have a prominently displayed notice warning of these laws on emergency phone calls. Learn more about forfeiture violations in Wisconsin.



In Wisconsin, how long does an emergency telephone call charge stay on your record?

If you refuse to give your phone to someone who is facing an emergency, you could get a $1,000 forfeiture, and that conviction could remain on your record permanently.

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