Accused Of Making A Threat To Commit A Crime?
The threat to commit a crime is governed by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 275 Sections 2-4. It is a misdemeanor with a maximum punishment of six months imprisonment.
A threat to commit a crime against a person or another’s property both fall under this statute. A key feature of the crime is not only conveying the threat to a specific person, but also having circumstances such that the person could reasonably believe that the threatener had the intent and means to carry out the threat. This public order offense is taken extremely seriously by law enforcement and prosecutors, who want to make sure they are not later accused of failing to take threats seriously. This “better safe than sorry” approach means you need a strong defense to make sure your rights are not the price for their peace of mind.