Criminal Threat Defense in Connecticut

CT Threatening laws

Erin Field is on your side if you have been charged with threatening in the state of Connecticut. 

Most people don't know that simply threatening someone else can result in a serious criminal charge that could include jail time if you 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.

For an immediate phone consultation on any threatening charge, please call me immediately. I answer my own phone, and I can talk to you right away.

What is Threatening?

According to Connecticut criminal law, threatening can be broken out into two categories: threatening in the first degree and threatening in the second degree.

Threatening in the first degree

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.

C.G.S. § 53a-62 – Threatening in the second degree

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.

Contact a Connecticut Threatening Charge Defense Attorney Today

If you have been charged with threatening, you should speak with an experienced attorney asap. I always answer my phone, so give me a call now for a free consultation to discuss your case and defense.

(860) 573-0700