A man is facing charges of child cruelty and aggravated assault in Georgia. According to reports, Griffin Frank, a 28-year-old man, got into a domestic dispute with a woman.
He then allegedly brandished a sword and pointed the sword at the victim. As he was wielding the weapon he was holding the woman's child. The victim then attempted to call police, and Frank then took the phone from her and hung it up according to the warrant. He is also facing charges of hindering a person from calling the police.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the offense of obstructing a person making an emergency call in the state of Georgia. There are many different forms of obstruction according to Georgia Law. Obstruction crimes can range from obstruction of a police officer in Georgia to obstruction of a firefighter in Georgia.
Obstructing a Person Making an Emergency Call in Georgia
Obstructing a Person Making an Emergency Call in Georgia is defined by the Georgia Code in O.C.G.A 16-10-24.3 as:
A person is guilty of obstruction of hindering another from making an emergency telephone calls when they verbally or physically obstruct, prevent, or hinder another person with intent to cause or allow physical harm or injury to another person from making or completing a 911 telephone call or a call to any law enforcement agency to request police protection or to report the commission of a crime.
A person convicted of obstructing or hindering persons making emergency telephone calls will be guilty of a misdemeanor. In Georgia, misdemeanor charges can carry up to $1,000 in fines or up to one year in jail, or both.
Frank is facing some very serious charges in addition to the misdemeanor obstruction charge. Whether a person is facing Georgia misdemeanor penalties or Georgia felony penalties, it is important to understand all of the options available.
If you or a loved one has been arrested, contact a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney now.