I’ve been charged with Uttering Threats. What do I need to know?
Question & AnswerI’ve been charged with Uttering Threats. What do I need to know?
You commit the crime of Uttering Threats if you threaten to:
- hurt or kill someone, including psychologically hurting someone
- damage someone's property, including their pets or animals
A threat can be
- written, including online or on social media
- suggested by your actions, for example making a throat slashing gesture
The maximum for Uttering Threats to hurt or kill someone is:
- 2 years in jail if the Crown proceeds
- 5 years in prison if the Crown proceeds by
The maximum sentence for Uttering Threats to damage someone's property is:
- 2 years in jail