Within a majority of the United States,a prank call that takes place three or more times in a set duration of time is considered to be harassment. Prank Calls that threaten violence,harm,or damage to a person or property are considered threats,regardless of the intended nature of the call.
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Is prank calling illegal in California?
Prank calling can be illegal in some situations. While each state is different, most states prohibit making prank calls to annoy or harass someone. All states make it illegal to prank call 911. Recording a prank call can constitute illegal wiretapping in many states, including in California.
What happens if you get a prank call?
Prank Calls that threaten violence, harm, or damage to a person or property are considered threats, regardless of the intended nature of the call. Prank calls to Government offices and/or law enforcement agencies can be charged as felonies in many cases.
Can you be charged with a crime for pranking someone?
Pranks always have the possibility of getting out of hand, and the victim of the prank may not always understand that the actions were merely intended as a harmless prank. Contact a criminal attorney if you are charged with a crime after pranking someone. Ken joined LegalMatch in January 2002.
Can a prank caller record a phone call?
If a prank caller chooses to record her call, she may be guilty of wiretapping. Wiretapping laws vary from state to state. Most states have 鈥渙ne-party鈥?wiretapping laws, in which a call can be taped if one of the two parties in a two-party call consent to the taping.