I certainly understand your concern. Improper use of an emergency reporting system is a Class A misdemeanor which can carry with it, a heavy fine, probation or even jail. As a first time offender, it is not likely that you will be placed on probation or jail but it is something to be aware of. You may want to retain an attorney and fight this, since you may have a defense. The reason I say that, is because if you reasonable believe, as stated within the statute/code that this was an emergency and needed to preserve human life, you may have a defense. Moreover, the other citation is a traffic infraction and carries with it a fine and possible points on your license. You need to decide if you want to take this to trial and make the State prove the charges against you or try and resolve it with a plea deal. If you take a plea, you could be looking at a fine and court costs, as a first time offender, charge with these two things. If you want to fight it, you need to hire an attorney, to act in your best interest, if you are not familiar with the law and court system.
A person commits the crime of improper use of an emergency reporting system if the person knowingly:
(a) Calls a 9-1-1 emergency reporting system or the School Safety Hotline for a purpose other than to report a situation that the person reasonably believes requires prompt service in order to preserve human life or property; or
(b) Allows another person to use telephone equipment owned, rented or leased by or under the control of the person to call a 9-1-1 emergency reporting system or the School Safety Hotline for a purpose other than to report a situation that the other person reasonably believes requires prompt service in order to preserve human life or property
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