- CR22-311. Prevented Access to Emergency Services, 13 V.S.A. § 1031 (03/03/12)
- CR22-312. Attempted to Prevent Access to Emergency Services, 13 V.S.A. § 1031 (03/03/12)
The statute requires a predicate offense. See 13 V.S.A. § 1031 (explaining that the interference must occur “during or after the commission of a crime”). In most cases, the predicate offense will be charged as a separate crime. It is therefore best to give the instruction on interference with access to emergency services after the instruction on the predicate offense, with a transition instruction explaining that the jurors need not consider the instruction on interference with access to emergency services if they return a verdict of not guilty on the predicate offense. If the state has not charged the predicate offense, the fourth element of the instruction must include a complete instruction on the crime that allegedly occurred during or before the charged interference.