Newport Beach counties Criminal Threats Attorney – PC 422(a)
Have you been charged with making a criminal threat? Retaining an experienced Newport Beach criminal threats attorney may be one of the most important decisions you make. Contact the Law Offices of John D. Rogers today to speak with a reputable defense lawyer about mounting your defense and the potential consequences of a conviction.
Overview of California Criminal Threats
Conveying a criminal threat in California is charged under penal code 422(a) pc. It makes it a crime to threaten to cause great bodily injury or death to another or the other person’s direct family member intending that the statement be taken as true. A threat can be conveyed in any one of the following ways:
- Text Message
- Social Media
- Hand Signals
- E-Mail or Via Facsimile
- Handwritten Note
- Through a 3rd Person
Consequences for Making a Criminal Threat
A criminal threat is a wobbler allowing the prosecutor to charge you with either a felony or misdemeanor. A felony conviction carries a state prison sentence of 2, 3, or 4 years. A misdemeanor conviction carries up to 1 year in the county jail. Additionally, a felony conviction is characterized as a serious felony applied to California’s Three Strike laws. If probation is granted, by law the judge must impose 52-weeks’ worth of domestic violence counseling and community service. Furthermore, depending on the circumstances, it may lead to a lifetime restriction on your right to own or possess a firearm.
Contact an Experienced Newport Beach Criminal Threats Attorney
If you have been arrested, charged, or are under investigation for making a criminal threat, then contact an experienced Newport Beach criminal threats attorney. Call the Law Offices of John D. Rogers today to schedule a free confidential consultation concerning your rights and defenses.