Have You Been Charged With Requesting Ambulance Service When Not Reasonably Needed in Georgia?
Ambulance services are requested dozens of times every day to assist people in need. Therefore, when someone falsely requests ambulance service, it takes them away from helping someone that are genuinely in need. To demonstrate the severity, Georgia makes this action a crime. If you have been charged with requesting an ambulance service when not reasonably needed, contact Lawson and Berry and speak with one of our Georgia Attorneys.
O.C.G.A. §16-10-29 states it shall be unlawful for any person to transmit in any manner a request for ambulance service to any person, firm, or corporation furnishing ambulance service, public or private, knowing at the time of requesting ambulance service that there exists no reasonable need for such ambulance service.
Penalty for Violating O.C.G.A. §16-10-29
A person convicted of requesting ambulance service when not reasonably needed will be charged with a misdemeanor. Misdemeanor offenses carry a fine up to $1,000 or jail time of up to one year, or both in Georgia.
It was reasonably needed: If at the time the ambulance was requested, it was honestly asked for, then that is a sufficient defense.
It was not intentional: If you made the request not knowing that an ambulance was not reasonably needed, that would be an excellent argument for your lawyer to present.
When charged with a crime, it can be difficult to discern how to defend yourself, and the criminal justice system is confusing. Don't take a chance by representing yourself! Let the Criminal Defense Team at Lawson and Berry assist with your case today. Contact us for a free case evaluation.