In California, a charge of criminal threats is a serious matter and if
the accused is convicted of the crime, he or she will face severe penalties
and fines. Formally known as a "terrorist threat", the crime
of criminal threats involves threatening another individual with immediate
harm wherein the threat results in the victim having reasonable and sustained fear.
In such cases, the prosecutor does not have to convince the jury whether
or not the defendant truly intended to do physical harm to the victim.
This makes criminal threat cases complicated. These types of crimes could
occur in everyday situations such as a family dispute, schoolyard or workplace
confrontation, argument between two drivers on the street, or during a
disagreement between friends.
In any case, the prosecutor needs to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the
accused did in fact instill sustained fear upon the victim using threatening
words. Sustainable fear is not a fleeting feeling, it must be proven that
the victim actually feared they would be physically harmed or lose their
life, for an extended period of time.
Possible Consequences of Criminal Threat Conviction:
Criminal Record: Criminal threats can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on
the severity of the threats and the situation in which the threats were
made. If convicted, this conviction could affect job prospects, professional
licenses issued by the State of California, and immigration status.
Prison Time: The accused could face up to 3 years in jail.
Fines: The fines if convicted could reach up to $10,000.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for the crime of criminal threats
in the Riverside County cities of Temecula, Murrieta, Hemet, Menifee,
Wildomar, Perris, Banning, Riverside, Lake Elsinore or Corona, it is imperative
that you contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. The experts
at the Law Office of Nic Cocis & Associates will use strategic defense
help dismiss or reduce your charges. To schedule a free consultation case, please