Criminal Threats

Words that can be construed as a real threat – whether there was any intention to carryout the action – can be cause for the charge of making criminal threats. It is important to understand that anything you say could potentially be grounds for these charges, regardless of if you ‘meant’ what you said or not. A conviction of making criminal threats can be damaging to your personal and professional life, so be sure to contact our office right away to discuss your defense. The team of professionals at Pacheco and Somera is ready to go to work in defending you in this case.

There are a variety of circumstance that can arise during which criminal threats might be madeĀ  in the heat of the moment. Any of the following scenarios could cause that to happen -

  • An argument between family members
  • A dispute in a schoolyard
  • A confrontation at work that gets out of hand
  • Heated discussion between a husband and wife

The charges in a case of making criminal threats can range from a misdemeanor to a felony depending on what was said and the likelihood of that threat being carried out. Among the possible punishments include -

  • Jail time. One year maximum if convicted of a misdemeanor, four years for a felony.
  • Fines. Maximum of $1,000 for a misdemeanor, up to $10,000 for a felony.
  • A felony conviction could mean a strike against your permanent record under the three strikes law of California

A free consultation is waiting for you when you call our offices today. We would love to speak with you regarding these charges and discuss what our team can do to help you fight this case.