CHAPTER 718 OFFENSES AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT
718.1 INSURRECTION.
718.2 IMPERSONATING A PUBLIC OFFICIAL.
718.3 WILLFUL DISTURBANCE.
718.4 HARASSMENT OF PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES.
718.5 FALSIFYING PUBLIC DOCUMENTS.
718.6 FALSE REPORTS TO OR COMMUNICATIONS WITH PUBLIC SAFETY ENTITIES.



        

718.1 INSURRECTION. An insurrection is three or more persons acting in concert and using physical violence against persons or property, with the purpose of interfering with, disrupting, or destroying the government of the state or any subdivision thereof, or to prevent any executive, legislative, or judicial officer or body from performing its lawful function. Participation in insurrection is a class "C" felony.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C51, § 2565, 2567; R60, § 4188, 4190; C73, § 3845, 3847; C97, §
      4724, 4726; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 12897, 12898, 12900, 12904;
      C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, § 689.1, 689.2, 689.4,
      689.8; C79, 81, § 718.1]
        

718.2 IMPERSONATING A PUBLIC OFFICIAL. Any person who falsely claims to be or assumes to act as an elected or appointed officer, magistrate, peace officer, or person authorized to act on behalf of the state or any subdivision thereof, having no authority to do so, commits an aggravated misdemeanor.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C51, § 2671, 2672; R60, § 4298, 4299; C73, § 3962, 3963; C97, §
      4901, 4902; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 13306, 13307; C46, 50, 54, 58,
      62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, § 740.4, 740.5; C79, 81, § 718.2]
        

718.3 WILLFUL DISTURBANCE. Any person who willfully disturbs any deliberative body or agency of the state, or subdivision thereof, with the purpose of disrupting the functioning of such body or agency by tumultuous behavior, or coercing by force or the threat of force any official conduct or proceeding, commits a serious misdemeanor.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C79, 81, § 718.3]
        

718.4 HARASSMENT OF PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES. Any person who willfully prevents or attempts to prevent any public officer or employee from performing the officer's or employee's duty commits a simple misdemeanor.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C79, 81, § 718.4]
        

718.5 FALSIFYING PUBLIC DOCUMENTS. A person who, having no right or authority to do so, makes or alters any public document, or any instrument which purports to be a public document, or who possesses a seal or any counterfeit seal of the state or of any of its subdivisions, or of any officer, employee, or agency of the state or of any of its subdivisions, commits a class "D" felony.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C51, § 2628, 2642, 2677; R60, § 4255, 4269, 4304; C73, § 3919,
      3933, 3968; C97, § 1136, 4855, 4869, 4907; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, §
      13141, 13156, 13283, 13314; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75,
      77, § 718.3, 718.8, 738.21, 740.12; C79, 81, § 718.5]
        

718.6 FALSE REPORTS TO OR COMMUNICATIONS WITH PUBLIC SAFETY ENTITIES. 1. A person who reports or causes to be reported false information to a fire department, a law enforcement authority, or other public safety entity, knowing that the information is false, or who reports the alleged occurrence of a criminal act knowing the act did not occur, commits a simple misdemeanor, unless the alleged criminal act reported is a serious or aggravated misdemeanor or felony, in which case the person commits a serious misdemeanor. 2. A person who telephones an emergency 911 communications center knowing that the person is not reporting an emergency or otherwise needing emergency information or assistance commits a simple misdemeanor. 3. A person who knowingly provides false information to a law enforcement officer who enters the information on a citation commits a simple misdemeanor, unless the criminal act for which the citation is issued is a serious or aggravated misdemeanor or felony, in which case the person commits a serious misdemeanor.

         Section History: Early Form

         [R60, § 1768; C73, § 1566; C97, § 2468; S13, § 2468; C24, 27, 31,
      35, 39, § 13110, 13111; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, § 714.31,
      714.32; C71, 73, 75, 77, § 714.31, 714.32, 714.42; C79, 81, § 718.6]
      

         Section History: Recent Form

         95 Acts, ch 89, §1
         Referred to in § 80F.1

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