The Statute Governing Obstructing Emergency Services in Pennsylvania
Below you will find the actual text of the Pennsylvania statute. This was current as of July 2010. Our Pittsburgh criminal defense law firm is primarily in the business of fighting for defendants’ rights; we are not in the business of updating websites, but wanted to at least give you some information for educational purposes, only. You should talk to a lawyer for legal advice to fully learn your rights in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties. We will explain to you the crime, possible punishment, and all your options.
18 Pa.C.S.A. § 5112. Obstructing emergency services
(a) OFFENSE DEFINED.– A person commits a misdemeanor of the third degree if he knowingly impedes, obstructs or interferes with emergency services personnel providing emergency medical services to an injured victim or performing rescue or firefighting activities.
(b) DEFINITIONS.– As used in this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection:
“EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES.” The services utilized in responding to the needs of an individual for immediate medical care in order to prevent loss of life or the aggravation of physiological or psychological illness or injury.
“EMERGENCY SERVICES PERSONNEL.” A person, including a trained volunteer or a member of the armed forces of the United States or the National Guard, whose official or assigned responsibilities include performing or directly supporting the performance of emergency medical or rescue services or firefighting.
“RESCUE.” The act of extricating persons from entrapment or dangerous situations which pose the imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury.