There are times when a romantic relationship, a financial issue, or another emotionally heavy situation may cause you to steam with anger or otherwise act out of your normal character. When confronting these situations, some people decide to threaten the perceived aggressor with things like violence, malicious action against friends or family, and blackmail, for instance.
In North Carolina, communicating any type of threat is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of 120 days incarceration and a discretionary fine. If you or someone you know has been charged with communicating threats, you can fight the charges and present your side of the story with the aid of a competent criminal defense attorney.
What is a Threat?
In most legal cases containing communicating threat offenses, domestic violence is involved. It is important to note, however, what denotes a criminal level of threat-making. Telling your spouse, “if you don’t get a job I’m going to leave you” is a much different threat than “if you don’t get a job I’ll punch you.” As such, North Carolina statut