Are You Looking For an Attorney to Represent You For a Threatening or Intimidating crime?

The crime of Threatening or Intimidating is a serious crime in Arizona. The crime is committed by physical or verbal actions. Unlike many other crimes, this one can be highly subjective. This often depends on the perceptions of the alleged victim. Very often, the allegation is a falsehood, exaggerated or simply blown of proportion. By statute, a person commits this offense, if the person threatens or intimidates by word or conduct:

  1. To cause physical injury to another person or serious damage to the property of another; or
  2. To cause, or in reckless disregard to causing, serious public inconvenience including, but not limited to, evacuation of a building, place of assembly or transportation facility

 

If convicted of this misdemeanor threatening or intimidating charge, the penalty is up to six months in jail, a fine of up to $2,500 and 3 years probation on the first offense. If this crime is committed in retaliation for someone reporting a crime, this increases the penalty to a class 6 felony. The penalty was this felony is up to 2 years in prison, a fine of up to $150,000 and 3 years probation on the first offense.

There is another felony threatening or intimidating charge. That is where the person threatens or intimidates by word or conduct to cause physical injury to another person or damage to the property of another in order to promote, further or assist in the interests of or to cause, induce or solicit another person to participate in a criminal street gang. This crime is a class 3 felony, with the penalty up to to 8.75 years in prison, a fine of up to $150,000 and 5 years probation on the first offense.

If the defendant and the victim are in a domestic relationship, the crime is considered one of domestic violence. These cases are treated differently and the consequences can be even more severe.  In Arizona, domestic violence often involves the following types of domestic relationships:

  1. Spouses or ex-spouses;
  2. Dating couples;
  3. Roommates;
  4. Couples with a child or pregnancy in common; or
  5. Parents and children; grandparents and grandchildren, siblings.

More information about domestic violence offenses can be found under the Domestic Violence tab under Practice Areas.

In addition to possible incarceration, probation and fines, a domestic violence conviction will add the requirement of court-mandated counseling. This counseling could last several months. The court can also restrict communication with the victim. A domestic violence conviction can affect you in family court, resulting in the loss of custody rights and restricted visitation with a child. The consequences do not end there. You will lose your right to possess a firearm. Due to the nature of the offense, domestic violence convictions can also result in the loss of valuable job opportunities.

If you stand accused of such a crime, contact Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law, now. Your freedom, your rights and your future are at stake. It is very important that you speak to an experienced threats defense attorney. Robert A. Dodell provides individual service when protecting your rights. Robert A. Dodell provides individual service when protecting your rights. Contact Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law, directly by email or by calling 480-860-4321 now for a free initial consultation.