Section 422 of the California Penal Code makes it illegal to make criminal threats.
Prosecutors in California take criminal threats seriously. With the advent of laws against cyberstalking and zero-tolerance policies against “cyberbullying” in schools and colleges, prosecutors take these cases extremely seriously.
Even if you have not actually inflicted any physical harm or injury on the victim or did not follow through on your threats, the very fact that you communicated the threat is, in and of itself, against the law. It is not something to handle lightly and it is not recommended that you represent yourself in something as serious. You require the services of an aggressive, experienced and knowledgeable Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer.
You may be charged with a criminal threat if you have issued a verbal, written or electronic communication to a person containing a threat of immediate harm. The threat must carry the intent to cause harm and it must actually create fear in the person threatened.
If you are accused of making criminal threats, you can depend on the aggressive and experienced Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers at Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP, who have over 60 combined years of experience. Robert Ernenwein is a former Los Angeles deputy district attorney and is certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.
He has been selected for inclusion in California Super Lawyers for a number of years and has appeared as a legal analyst on multiple cable news programs, including Fox News.