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Lemon Grove Criminal Threats Attorney. Be proactive. Former Prosecutor has proven approach with results forged through experience. Lawyer explains how to obtain the Best Possible Outcome. Proven Approach with results forged by Experience.

Criminal Threats – Penal Code 422

As a former prosecutor, I can tell you firsthand that criminal threat charges are difficult to prove. Prosecutors tend to bootstrap criminal threat charges with assault or domestic violence allegations in order to induce a plea bargain deal. There are several “generic” defenses to criminal threats: (1) the threat wasn’t a threat; (2) the recipient of the threat could not have reasonably feared for their safety; (3) the recipient was not in actual fear; and, (4) the threat wasn’t communicated. To discuss specific defenses tailored to the facts of your case, call me for a free case evaluation at 858-429-9982Criminal threat violations are codified in Penal Code Section 422. A violation of Penal Code Section 422 can be a misdemeanor or a felony. The pertinent part, Penal Code Section 422 states: “Any person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death or great bodily injury to another person, with the specific intent that the statement, made verbally, in writing, or by means of an electronic communication device, is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out, which, on its face and under the circumstances in which it is made, is so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate, and specific as to convey to the person threatened, a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat, and thereby causes that person reasonably to be in sustained fear for his or her own safety or for his or her immediate family’s safety, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed one year, or by imprisonment in the state prison.”

In order to obtain a guilty verdict at trial, the prosecutor must prove that the defendant committed the five separate elements of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt.
The five separate elements are:
  1. The defendant willfully threatened to unlawfully kill or unlawfully cause great bodily injury to the alleged victim.
  2. The defendant made the threat to the alleged victim (orally/in writing/by electronic communication device).
  3. The defendant intended that his/her statement be understood as a threat [and intended that it be communicated to the alleged victim].
  4. The threat was so clear, immediate, unconditional and specific that it communicated to the alleged victim a serious intention and the immediate prospect that the threat would be carried out.
  5. The threat actually caused the alleged victim to be in sustained fear for his/her own safety [or for the safety of (his/her) immediate family].
  6. The alleged victim’s fear was reasonable under the circumstances.

A conviction for Penal Code Section 422 can result in a three-year state prison commitment and a strike under California’s Three Strikes law. I have dealt with this charge hundreds of times. If you are arrested or currently facing charges for criminal threats in San Diego, it is important to contact a lawyer immediately. Call me, attorney Mark Deniz, for a free case evaluation at 858-429-9982.

  1. (a) Any person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death or great bodily injury to another person, with the specific intent that the statement, made verbally, in writing, or by means of an electronic communication device, is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out, which, on its face and under the circumstances in which it is made, is so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate, and specific as to convey to the person threatened, a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat, and thereby causes that person reasonably to be in sustained fear for his or her own safety or for his or her immediate family’s safety, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed one year, or by imprisonment in the state prison. (b) For purposes of this section, “immediate family” means any spouse, whether by marriage or not, parent, child, any person related by consanguinity or affinity within the second degree, or any other person who regularly resides in the household, or who, within the prior six months, regularly resided in the household. (c) “Electronic communication device” includes, but is not limited to, telephones, cellular telephones, computers, video recorders, fax machines, or pagers. “Electronic communication” has the same meaning as the term defined in Subsection 12 of Section 2510 of Title 18 of the United States Code.

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Proven Approach with results forged through Experience. 

Prior to opening the law firm, Attorney Mark Deniz was a deputy district attorney for almost 10 years with an intimate knowledge of the various consequences a conviction may cause. Mark Deniz will aggressively defend your case by exploring every angle and argument to ensure you have the best defense possible. Contact The Law Offices of Mark Deniz APLC at 858-429-9982 to get the ball rolling.

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