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Penal Code 422 pc Criminal Threats

“Penal Code 422 makes it a crime to communicate a threat of serious harm to someone if {1) you intend to put the person in fear, and {2) you actually do put the person in sustained fear. Criminal Threats may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony.”

According to this Penal Code, a criminal threat is associated with a person who deliberately threats another individual for inflicting bodily injury. The threat may be in a verbal, electronic or written form. With that, if a person fears for his or her life and feels at risk of harm to themselves or to their immediate family, the charges against the Penal Code of criminal threats apply instantly. The charges against the Penal Code of criminal threats may be of a misdemeanor or a felony, which depends on the previous criminal history of the accused.

If a person is charged with a misdemeanor, they will face:

  • One year in county jail
  • $1,000 fine

If a person is charged with a felony, they will face:

  • Three years in state prison
  • $10,000 fine
  • A “strike” in accordance to the California Three Strike Law
  • If this offense is a defendant's second “strike”, he or she will have their prison sentence doubled
  • Possible deportation of legal immigrants and aliens as CA Penal Code 422 is a deportable offense

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