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What Constitutes a Threat?

Most people have a basic idea of what the word “threat” means. The legal definition of the word is very similar to its everyday use, which is somewhat of a rarity in a world dominated complicated jargon. Still, the legal interpretation of what is or is not a threat is affected by the term’s specific statutory definitions.

There are some situations where a person may be accused of making a criminal or terrorist threat, even if they do not know that they are doing so. For this reason, it may be helpful to consult professional counsel like the Houston criminal defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer if you are facing charges.

Definition of a Criminal Threat

A threat or threatening behavior is defined as intentional behavior or words causing the victimized individual to perceive that they are at risk of physical or mental damage (bodily or property). The following are examples of actions that could be considered criminal or terrorist threats by a court of law:

  • Harassing organizations (like churches or clinics) via e-mail
  • Making families feel unwelcome or endangered because of their beliefs
  • Calling in bomb threats
  • Vandalizing a building with messages of hate against a person or group
  • Use of potential violence as a leveraging tool

Threatening others can carry steep criminal penalties, even if you were not aware that you were violating the law at the time of the offense. If you have been charged with issuing a criminal or terrorist threat, you need experienced legal counsel to protect your rights.

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If you are facing charges for making criminal or terrorist threats, you must be prepared to defend your rights in court. Contact the Houston criminal defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 to discuss your case and representation.