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Interference with Public Duties

Penal Code

P.C. 38.15 - Interference with Public Duties

(a) A person commits an offense if the person with criminal negligence interrupts, disrupts, impedes, or otherwise interferes with:

(1) a peace officer while the peace officer is performing a duty or exercising authority imposed or granted by law;


(2) a person who is employed to provide emergency medical services including the transportation of ill or injured persons while the person is performing that duty;


(3) a fire fighter, while the fire fighter is fighting a fire or investigating the cause of a fire;


(4) an animal under the supervision of a peace officer, corrections officer, or jailer, if the person knows the animal is being used for law enforcement, corrections, prison or jail security, or investigative purposes;


(5) the transmission of a communication over a citizen's band radio channel, the purpose of which communication is to inform or inquire about an emergency; (Reference to this provision in: Sec. 38.152. Interference with Radio Frequency Licensed to Government Entity.)


(6) an officer with responsibility for animal control in a county or municipality, while the officer is performing a duty or exercising authority imposed or granted under Chapter 821 or 822, Health and Safety Code; or


(7) a person who:


(A) has responsibility for assessing, enacting, or enforcing public health, environmental, radiation, or safety measures for the state or a county or municipality;


(B) is investigating a particular site as part of the person's responsibilities under Paragraph (A);


(C) is acting in accordance with policies and procedures related to the safety and security of the site described by Paragraph (B); and