Criminal Threat Charges

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When a person makes a threat to one or more individuals that causes widespread fear of harm, it is known as a criminal threat and is a felony crime punishable under K.S.A. § 21-5415. Criminal threat is defined as a threat to:

  • Commit a violent act in order to cause fear, evacuation, lock down or disruption, or in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such events
  • Contaminate any food, agriculture, beverage, drug, animal feed, plant or public water supply
  • Expose any animal to infections disease

Such threats become aggravated if an evacuation, lock down, etc. of a public building or means of transportation is actually evacuated or locked down as a result of the threat. Even when a person makes a threat without intending to cause harm, if that threat results in the evacuation, lock down, etc. of a public building or means of transportation, they can be charged with and arrested for criminal threat.

Penalties for Criminal Threat in Kansas

Criminal threat is a severity level 9, person felony. The prison sentence for such a crime is a maximum of 13 months and a fine of up to $100,000. Aggravated criminal threat is a severity level 8, nonperson felony and raises the prison sentence to a maximum of 17 months. If you have been accused of criminal threat, you could face these punishments unless you hire a capable defense attorney to represent you. Contact a Johnson County criminal defense attorney from Martin & Wallentine today.

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