California Penal Code Section 636.5 Wrongful Interception and Divulgence of Police Radio Communication. Any person not authorized by the sender, who intercepts any police radio service communications, by use of a scanner or other means, for the purpose of using that communication to assist in the commission of a criminal offense or to avoid or escape arrest, trial, conviction, or punishment or who divulges to any person he or she knows to be a suspect in the commission of any criminal offense, the existence, contents, substance, purport, effect or meaning of that communication concerning escape from arrest, trial, conviction, or punishment is guilty of a misdemeanor. Nothing in this section shall preclude prosecution of any person under section 31 or 32. As used in this section "police radio service communications" means a communications authorized by the Federal Communications Commission to be transmitted by a station in the police radio service. Leg.H. 1976 ch. 1129, 1991 ch. 515.