Arrested for Making Criminal Threats?

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California Penal Code § 422 defines criminal threats as 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. Based on what is being threatened – or who is being threatened – a criminal threat charge may be considered a misdemeanor or a felony.

As the nature of a criminal threat is merely expressing intent to harm or terrify another person, the issue of evidence of the crime must immediately be brought into question. As a crime that often requires just one eyewitness to allow an arrest – or, in some situations, the accuser alone qualifies as an eyewitness – and no physical evidence, there are unclear, gray areas to the law that may be exploited by the unjust or the dishonest. If you were falsely accused of a criminal threat – or if you feel that what you said or did was not a criminal offense – you need to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer today and start building your defense. The Law Offices of Robert M. Bernstein focus exclusively on criminal defense cases and can help you prove your innocence or dismiss all charges with dedication that few other law firms can claim.

Penalties for Criminal Threats in California

As surprising as it may seem, the penalties for criminal threats can often be just as harsh as the penalties for the threatened crimes themselves. It is for this reason that it is so important that criminal threat accusations are not taken lightly, and that you retain a professional criminal defense attorney at the earliest opportunity.

Punishments for criminal threats can be severe and include, but are not limited to:

  • Prison or jail time: A misdemeanor conviction can include up to a year in prison, and a felony conviction up to five. Furthermore, if the criminal threat included bringing a mass amount of damage to people or property, it could be considered a threat of terrorism, which may put you behind bars for decades.
  • High fines: The fines that a person convicted of criminal threats has to pay varies from state to state and crime to crime, but the average amount is $1000 for misdemeanors and $10,000 for felonies.
  • Restraining orders: If your accuser convinces the judge or jury that your intent to harm or intimidate him or her has not or will not lessen, you will likely be given a restraining order amongst other punishments. Being prohibited from going to certain places at certain times can be frustrating and detrimental to your day-to-day life.

Get Help Now for Your Criminal Threat Charges

Defending yourself from criminal threat charges in a court of law can be extremely difficult, as you likely have no evidence to support yourself and the accuser may have one or more eyewitnesses to testify against you. Attorney Bernstein understand that the burden of proof does not fall on the accused, and he can use his years of experience – backed by an impressive list of case results – with criminal defense trials to protect you with a solid case. If you need charges dismissed or sentences reduced, you simply cannot delay any longer.

Contact the Law Offices of Robert M. Bernstein in Los Angeles right now for experienced consultation.

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