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. Part of this statute that was being used in 2019, has been declared Unconstitutional by the Kansas appellate Court. Read about this and how it may help you.
Criminal threat is defined as a threat to:
- Contaminate any food, agriculture, beverage, drug, animal feed, plant or public water supply
- Expose any animal to infections disease
- 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
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 threat defense lawyer from Martin & Wallentine today.
Contact a Johnson County Defense Lawyer
By retaining a Johnson County criminal attorney from our firm, you hire a lawyer with the skill and aggression to adequately fight your charges. We have successfully represented dozens of cases in trial and could provide satisfactory results for you, as well. Our criminal threat attorney is familiar with recent Kansas Supreme Court case law specifically dealing with criminal threat charges and the unconstitutionality of parts of the statute.
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