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Connecticut Threatening Laws & Penalties

Most people don’t know that simply threatening someone else can result in a serious criminal charge that could include jail time in your are found guilty.

There are two classes of threatening under the Connecticut Penal code: first degree, which is generally terroristic threats to a group of people, or second degree, which is generally threatening a person with harm.

Call for a free legal consultation on your Connecticut criminal charge of threatening, and I’ll go over your case and help you determine your best options to beat the charges.

What is Threatening?

According to Connecticut criminal law, threatening to commit a crime is defined as follows:

It is a felony level charge (first degree threatening, also known as terroristic threats), if:

  • you terrorize someone using a hazardous substance
  • cause the evacuation of a building or public place
  • threaten to commit such a crime that would cause significant public inconvenience, or in reckless disregard to causing that convenience.

Threatening in the Second Degree is defined as:

  • placing another person in fear of imminent personal injury
  • threatening to commit a crime of violence in order to terrorize another person
  • issuing threats that are in reckless disregard of causing fear or terror

Penalties for Threatening in Connecticut

Degree Penalty Classification
Threatening, 1st degree
  • 1-5 years in prison
  • Up to a $5000 fine
Class D Felony
Threatening, 2nd degree
  • Up to 1 year in jail
  • Up to a $2000 fine
Class A Misdemeanor

How to Beat a Connecticut Threatening Charge

In a second degree threatening case, we can argue whether the alleged threats were serious, and whether a reasonable person would take them seriously enough to be threatened.

To defend a first degree threatening charge may involve a motion to suppress or other due process or Constitutional issues and protections.

Please call me and tell me the specifics of your case, and I’ll lay out the best defense options for your particular charges and circumstances.

References: CT Penal Law - Threatening: Sec. 53a-61aa and 62.

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