Getting the right legal defense against threatening and intimidation firsts starts with understanding its definition.
According to Arizona Revised Statute 13-1202, threatening or intimidating can include: Most often, the victim of threatening or intimidating conduct has a unique, subjective view of the situation.
Threatening or intimidating can be physical or verbal, and may include injury to another person or another person’s property.
Although these concepts may seem subjective, and often are, they are taken very seriously in court, and are sometimes charged in conjunction with related offenses, like domestic violence.
If there are other charges present, the importance of having a strong defense is even more paramount. This is also the case when this conduct is committed by a “criminal street gang member.” Threatening or intimidating in order to promote a gang or crime group can be a class 3 felony.
Often, threatening and intimidating charges are brought against someone based solely on their side of the situation.
In Arizona, cases of threats and intimidation are not viewed lightly in the judicial system.
Threatening or intimidating is included under Chapter 12 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, along with assault and similar offenses.
Unlike other crimes, it is not clear when someone is or is not threatened or intimidated, as it is a personal, rather than objective, state. 13-1202 states that the penalty for injuring someone or damaging another’s property out of intimidation can be a class 1 misdemeanor.Because of this, the legal defense for threatening and intimidation charges must be aggressive and unwavering. If that conduct is done in retaliation for someone reporting criminal conduct, such as assault or domestic violence, this can become a class 6 felony.There are complexities that can only be handled by skilled legal teams, like that of Jackson White Law.At Jackson White, we’ve helped thousands of clients in the Phoenix metro area get the legal defense they deserve.Because of the subjective nature of intimidation, determining facts and falsehoods can be difficult at best.
A legal defense against threatening and intimidation takes this into consideration, and attempts to identify inaccurate information and statements.