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Criminal Threat

Criminal Threat. A criminal threat using a computer or a cell phone is a serious crime with a likelihood of imprisonment. Unfortunately because the criminal threat is typically anonymous, the government is likely to arrest an innocent individual. Moreover, many attorneys do not have the background and/or knowledge to successfully defend a person accused of computer or cell phone criminal threat. Someone accused of computer or cell phone criminal threat needs the expertise of a strong computer crime defense attorney.

What is criminal threat?

A criminal threat can be communicated through the use of the Internet, email or other electronic communications with the purpose of threatening to physically harming or killing someone. A criminal threat is considered a strike in California.

Its quite common for law enforcement to charge the wrong person if the threat was made electronically since electronic evidence is new to law enforcement. If you are under investigation for such charges or have been charged with such a crime, you need more than an attorney with experience in defending criminal threat types of crimes, you also need an attorney well versed in electronic evidence.

Many states have enacted laws or have laws that explicitly include electronic forms of communication within more traditional laws. This chart identifies only state laws that include specific references to electronic communication. However, other state laws may still apply to those who threaten others online, although specific language may make the laws easier to enforce. This chart classifies the various state laws addressing the different types of online behaviors, as described below.

State/Territory

Cyberstalking

Cyberharassment

Alabama

 

Ala. Code § 13A-11-8

Alaska 

Alaska Stat. §§ 11.41.260, 11.41.270

 

Arizona 

 

Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-2921                                              

Arkansas 

Ark. Code § 5-41-108

 Ark. Code § 5-41-108

California 

Cal. Civil Code § 1708.7, Cal Penal Code § 646.9 

Cal. Penal Code §§ 422653.2653m

Colorado 

Colo. Rev. Stat. §§ 18-60218-9-111

 Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-9-111

Connecticut 

   Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-182b53a-183

Delaware 

   Del. Code tit. 11 § 1311

Florida 

Fla. Stat. § 784.048

 Fla. Stat. § 784.048

Georgia 

Georgia Code § 16-5-90

 

Hawaii

   Hawaii Rev. Stat. § 711-1106
 Idaho  Idaho Stat. §§ 18-790518-7906  

Illinois 

720 ILCS §§ 5/12-7.5, 740 ILCS 21/10

720 ILCS §§ 135/1-2, 135/1-3, 135/2

Indiana

   Ind. Code § 35-45-2-2 

Iowa 

   Iowa Code § 708.7

Kansas

Kan. Stat. § 21-3438

 
 Kentucky    

Louisiana

La. Rev. Stat. §§ 14:40.2, 14:40.3

 

Maine

 Me. Rev. Stat. tit 17A § 210A (see 2007 Me. Laws, Ch. 685, sec. 3)  

Maryland 

 

 Md. Code tit. 3 § 3-805

Massachusetts

Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 265 § 43 

 Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 265 § 43A

Michigan 

Mich. Comp. Laws §§ 750.411h, 750.411i

 Mich. Comp. Laws § 750.411s

Minnesota 

Minn. Stat. § 609.749

 Minn. Stat. § 609.795

Mississippi 

Miss. Code §§ 97-45-15, 97-45-17, 97-3-107

 Miss. Code § 97-29-45

Missouri 

Mo. Rev. Stat. § 565.225

 Mo. Rev. Stat. § 565.090

Montana

Mont. Code Ann. § 45-5-220

 Mont. Code Ann. § 45-8-213
 Nebraska    

Nevada

Nev. Rev. Stat. § 200.575

 

New Hampshire 

   N.H. Rev. Stat. § 644:4
 New Jersey  N.J. Stat. § 2C:12-10, 2C:12-10.1 *  
 New Mexico
 N.M. Stat. § 30-3A-3 *  

New York 

   New York Penal Law § 240.30

North Carolina 

N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 14-196.3

 N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-196(b)

North Dakota 

 

 N.D. Cent. Code § 12.1-17-07

Ohio 

Ohio Rev. Code § 2903.211 

 Ohio Rev. Code §§ 2917.21(A), 2913.01(Y)

Oklahoma 

Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 1173

 Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 1172

Oregon 

Or. Rev. Stat. §§ 163.730 to 163.732

 Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.065

Pennsylvania 

Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. § 18 2709.1

 Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 18 § 2709(a), 2709(f)

Rhode Island 

R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-52-4.2  

 R.I. Gen. Laws § 11-52-4.2 

South Carolina

S.C. Code §§ 16-3-1700(C), 16-3-1700(F)

 S.C. Code §§ 16-3-1700(B), 16-3-1700(C)16-17-430

South Dakota

S.D. Cod. Laws § 22-19A-1

 S.D. Cod. Laws § 49-31-31

Tennessee

Tenn. Code § 39-17-315

 Tenn. Code § 39-17-308

Texas

   Tx. Penal Code § 33.07

Utah

Utah Code § 76-5-106.5
 
 Utah Code § 76-9-201
 

Vermont 

Vt. Stat. tit. 13 §§ 1061, 1062, 1063

Vt. Stat. tit. 13 § 1027

Virginia 

Va. Code § 18.2-60 

 Va. Code § 18.2-152.7:1 

Washington

Wash. Rev. Code §§ 9A.46.1109.61.260

 Wash. Rev. Code §§ 9A.46.020, 10.14.020

West Virginia

 

 W. Va. Code § 61-3C-14a  

Wisconsin 

 

Wis. Stat. § 947.0125 

Wyoming 

Wyo. Stat. § 6-2-506 

 

Territories:

 

 

  Guam   X.G.C.A. tit. 9 §§ 19.69, 19.70   X.G.C.A. tit. 9 §§ 19.69, 19.70