Freedman Law Group Articles Making a Threat Can Lead to Imprisonment

Making a Threat Can Lead to Imprisonment

By The Law Offices of Freedman & Freedman  Jun. 17, 2011 4:20p

People can no longer threaten to harm another person without facing legal consequences. Today, if you threaten to cause serious bodily harm, or to kill another person, you could be charged with a criminal offense. If you have been charged with criminal threats, contact a Michigan criminal defense attorney for immediate legal assistance.

When a person threatens, either verbally, or via electronic communication to commit a crime which would result in serious bodily injury or death against another person, they could be charged with criminal threats. Regardless if you actually intended to carry out that threat, as long as the victim reasonably feared for their own safety, or the safety of their family, you could be criminally charged. Criminal threats can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony offense, depending on the nature of the threat.

Criminal threats can mean any number of things. Basically, any kind of threat to cause the victim serious bodily injury or death would classify as a criminal threat. Criminal threats are in nature vast, and unlimited. Threatening to kill a spouse in a heated argument would classify as a criminal threat. Or, threatening to blow up a court house would also be a criminal threat. Unfortunately, people say things they don’t always mean when they are angry; however the law does not view criminal threats that way. The victim and the prosecutor will handle your threats as if they were real, because they have no way, or reason to prove otherwise.

Michigan Criminal Threats Lawyer

Just because you didn’t carry out the threat, does not mean you can’t go to jail for making criminal threats. Criminal threats charges have to be taken seriously, without the proper defense, you could wind up in prison. A criminal conviction will affect your employment, housing and educational pursuits. The burden of proof will be on you to either prove your innocence, or that you were reasonably provoked. Having an experienced Michigan criminal threats attorney from the Law Offices of Freedman & Freedman can mean the difference from going to jail to keeping your freedom.

Contact a Michigan criminal threats lawyer from our firm for a free initial consultation.

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