First, it would be best to start your own thread on this rather than adding to one that is 7 years old.
Originally Posted by compre7360
Second, if all you are facing is 591 PC then you're lucky. Yes, they can make a case with her statement alone. If you took the phone from her, unplugged it, or somehow obstructed her use of the phone this charge can be applied. There has been some mixed interpretations of this in recent years, but it can still be charged as a felony.
591. A person who unlawfully and maliciously takes down, removes,
injures, or obstructs any line of telegraph, telephone, or cable
television, or any other line used to conduct electricity, or any
part thereof, or appurtenances or apparatus connected therewith, or
severs any wire thereof, or makes any unauthorized connection with
any line, other than a telegraph, telephone, or cable television
line, used to conduct electricity, or any part thereof, or
appurtenances or apparatus connected therewith, is punishable by
imprisonment in the state prison, or by a fine not exceeding five
hundred dollars ($500), or imprisonment in the county jail not
exceeding one year.
It is a throwback to the AT&T monopoly days when the phones and the lines belonged to Ma Bell, but when that changed there was some push to remove this section. As I understand it some counties will not charge this section and will, instead, go with sections concerning the prevention of a person to report a crime to the police, witness intimidation, etc.
So, keep quiet and listen to your attorney as this can be very serious.