In New Hampshire you could face criminal charges for verbally threatening someone or acting in a manner that makes the person think you will immediately harm them. Examples of criminal threatening include waving a weapon while arguing with someone, spray painting a threatening message on person's property, or telling someone that you will hit them. Criminal threatening cases can be complex, so it's important to speak with a criminal defense attorney. Having an attorney represent you can make a substantial difference in the outcome of the case.
New Hampshire's Criminal Threatening Law
According to the New Hampshire statute, criminal threatening occurs when a person:
- Uses physical conduct to purposely place or attempt to place someone in fear of imminent bodily harm;
- Puts graffiti or any object against someone else's property with the intent to coerce or terrorize them;
- Threatens to commit a crime against someone else's property to purposely terrorize or coerce them;
- Threatens to commit a crime against another person with the intent to terrorize or coerce them;
- Threatens to commit a violent crime against another person with the intent to cause fear or terror.
There are essential elements that must be proven in a criminal threatening case. The prosecutor needs to show that the individual being threatened felt they were in imminent danger. It also must be proven that the person who committed the threatening act had the intent to actually terrorize or cause the other individual to feel fear. A criminal defense lawyer can explain the different provisions of the statute and how they apply to your case.
Punishment for NH Criminal Threatening Convictions
Criminal threatening is a class B felony if the person uses a deadly weapon or threatens to use violence against someone. A class B felony is punishable up to 7 years in prison. Other criminal threatening acts are considered misdemeanors. The punishment for a misdemeanor may include fines, jail time, counseling, and restraining orders. The court chooses the appropriate penalty based on the facts of the case.
Obtaining a criminal defense lawyer to represent you is advantageous since they can to determine if the prosecutor has a solid case. We will thoroughly review the prosecutor's case to verify if they are able to prove every essential element of the criminal threatening charges. If the prosecutor isn't able to satisfy the burden of proof, your lawyer can request the court dismiss the case.
Contact a Defense Lawyer
Are you facing criminal threatening charges in New Hampshire? If so, you should speak with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Contact the Law Offices of Chadwick-Fricano-Weber for a case evaluation. Schedule a consultation today by calling (603) 880-6100.