2020 Georgia Code
Title 46 - Public Utilities and Public Transportation
Chapter 5 - Telephone Service
Article 1 - General Provisions
§ 46-5-4. Seizure and Disposal of Devices, Equipment, or Any Plan or Instruction Used for Committing Theft of Telecommunications Service

Universal Citation: GA Code § 46-5-4 (2020)

Any unlawful telecommunication device as defined in subsection (a) of Code Section 46-5-3 or other instrument, apparatus, equipment, or device, or any plan or instruction therefor, referred to in Code Section 46-5-3 may be seized by court order, or under a search warrant issued by a judge or a magistrate, or incident to a lawful arrest. Upon the conviction of any person for a violation of any provisions of Code Section 46-5-2 or 46-5-3, such instrument, apparatus, equipment, device, plan, or instruction shall be either destroyed as contraband by the sheriff of the county in which such person was convicted or turned over to the telephone company or telecommunication service provider in whose territory such instrument, apparatus, equipment, device, plan, or instruction was seized.

(Ga. L. 1976, p. 1179, § 2; Ga. L. 1996, p. 1085, § 3.)

Cross references.

- Licensing and regulation of cable television systems by counties, Ch. 18, T. 36.


Am. Jur. 2d.

- 74 Am. Jur. 2d, Telecommunications, § 188.


- Lawfulness of seizure of property used in violation of law as prerequisite to forfeiture action or proceeding, 8 A.L.R.3d 473.

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