Charged for Criminal Threats?
Defending the Criminally Charged of Los Angeles
A criminal threat is an intentional and willful threat of harm which is made to another person with the intention of making the person fear for his or her safety, or the safety of his or her immediate family.
California Penal Code Section 422 defines criminal threats and lays out penalties for this criminal offense in California. If you, or someone you know has been arrested or charged with committing a criminal threat contact the Law Offices of Robert M. Bernstein today.
Los Angeles defense lawyer Robert M. Bernstein understands California law as it applies to criminal threats and is dedicated to defending clients who have been charged with this offense. As an experienced criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Bernstein is able to review a client's criminal threat charges to determine how provide the best legal defense. These charges often come down to the actual intention of the defendant and whether the alleged victim believed they were in danger as a result of the threat. Attorney Bernstein is skilled in uncovering evidence and testimony which proves his client is not guilty of criminal threat, as defined in the California Penal Code.
Without representation by a skilled, aggressive Los Angeles Criminal Attorney, an individual may receive maximum penalties for a criminal threats charge. This may include up to 3 years in state prison as well as a strike on his or her criminal record, under California's Three Strikes Law.
How a Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer Can Help
The prosecuting attorney must prove, in a criminal threats case, whether the defendant willfully threatened to cause great bodily injury or death to the victim and/or his or her family. This must have been threatened in such a way as to cause the Victim to reasonably be in sustained fear for his or her own safety, or for his or her immediate family's safety. When a threat is clear, specific and presented in such a way as to show that the defendant had the ability to carry it out, this may be grounds for sustained fear.
In every aspect of a client's case, Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Robert M. Bernstein will fight to prove that whatever actions were carried out were not criminal threats. Using his knowledge of legislation and case law, Attorney Bernstein and his staff will work to have evidence suppressed and charges lessened or dropped, whenever possible.
Contact Attorney Robert M. Bernstein today!