New Hampshire criminal law classifies criminal threatening as a crime. Criminal threatening is defined in RSA 631:4. There are many different types of conduct that could be considered criminal threatening, the most common of which are (1) placing or attempting to place another in fear of imminent bodily injury or physical contact, and (2) threatening to commit a crime against another person with the intent to terrorize them.
Generally speaking criminal threatening is a misdemeanor and can be punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine if charged as a class A misdemeanor. In certain circumstances criminal threatening can be charged as a felony. One example of felonious criminal threatening is when the accused uses a deadly weapon to threaten another person. If charged as a felony criminal threatening can carry much more severe penalties.
Often criminal threatening can be charged as a crime of domestic violence. This could occur if the police respond to a heated dispute between two people who are in a sexual relationship, or who live together. If one is convicted of a crime of domestic violence this can impact one’s right to possess a firearm and could also impact one’s immigration status. In most circumstances criminal threats can support a petition for a restraining order as well.
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