Criminal Defense Lawyer - A criminal threat involves one person threatening someone else with physical harm. The threat must be communicated in some way, though it doesn't necessarily have to be verbal. A person can make a threat through email, text message, or even through non-verbal body language such as gestures or movements. However, some states require written or verbal threats, and in those states gestures are not enough. Fear and Intent
Criminal threats are made with the intention to place someone in fear of injury or death. However, it isn't necessary for a victim to actually experience fear or terror. Rather, it's the intention of the person making the threat that matters. The intent of a person who makes threats is usually determined by the circumstances surrounding the case. Specificity and Reasonableness
You cannot commit a criminal threat if the threat is vague or unreasonable. The threat must be capable of making the people who hear it feel as if they might be hurt, and conclude that the threat is credible, real, and imminent. If, for example, you threaten to blow up the world unless your bartender doesn't bring your drink to you immediately, no reasonable person hearing it would believe the threat was real. On the other hand, if you walk into a store with a gun and threaten to shoot the clerk unless she gives you a refund, such a threat is credible and specific.
Public Legal Education - It is a criminal offence for anyone to make you reasonably fear for your safety or the safety of someone you know by...
- repeatedly following you or someone you know
- repeatedly visiting, calling, writing or contacting you or someone you know
- watching your home or workplace or the home or workplace of someone you know
- threatening you or someone in your family
It is a criminal offence for anyone to threaten to...
- kill or cause bodily harm to any person
- damage, destroy or burn property
- kill, poison or injure any person's animal or bird