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Criminal Threats

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What Constitutes a Criminal Threat in California?

To put it in simple terms, a criminal threat offense involves putting someone in fear for their or their family’s safety. California Penal Code 422 PC states that a criminal threat occurs when the victim is met with threats of physical harm or death and the following conditions are present:

  1. The victim fears for his/her safety and/or that of his/her family;
  2. The perpetrator’s threats are not vague, but clear and specific; and
  3. The threat has been communicated verbally, in writing, or via an electronically transmitted device.

You may be charged with a criminal threat offense in spite of your inability to carry out the threat and/or your actual intentions.

What Are the Penalties for Criminal Threats in California?

Being a "wobbler", a criminal threats offense may be met with a misdemeanor or felony charge, depending on certain factors. If convicted of misdemeanor criminal threats, you may face up to a year in county jail. If convicted of a felony, you may face up to four years in state prison. The involvement of a dangerous or deadly weapon can lead to an increase of your sentence by one year.

What Are Defenses to Criminal Threats?

Numerous circumstances have to be established in a particular fashion, in order for a defendant to be convicted of a criminal threats offense. A skilled defender can contest the prosecution by targeting weaknesses in the case they present. The following defenses may be used to exonerate you:

Your attorney may even argue that no threat was involved or that the plaintiff is making a false allegation.

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