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What Is an Uttering Threats Charge?

Uttering Threats is governed by Section 264.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada. It deals with uttering threats, death or bodily harm against a person, or uttering threats to damage property or injury to animals. The section states: "Everyone committs an offence who, in any manner, knowingly utters, conveys or causes any person to receive a threat, (a) to cause death or bodily harm to any person; (b) to burn, destroy or damage real or personal property; or (c) to kill, poison or injure an animal or bird that is the property of any person." The punishment for an Uttering Threats charge depends on whether the Crown proceeds as an indictable or summary offence. An Uttering Threats charge requires that the accused person has intended to speak words or intimidate or intended the words to be 'taken seriously'. Some factors considered are the actual words spoken, the manner the words were spoken, the circumstances, and the person the words were addressed to. It is irrelevant whether the person was or was not capable of carrying out the offence.

At Scardicchio Law Office Professional Corporation, our Criminal Lawyers have the skills and knowledge to help you defend a uttering threats charge. We will discuss any defences that may be available to you. We regularly appear for our clients defending charges in Brampton, Milton, Newmarket and Toronto. When you retain our office, you are hiring competent lawyers who will give you the time to explain your side of the story. We will review your disclosure once you have retained us and we will successfully defend your case in the courts. If you would like to discuss your criminal charge of uttering threats, please contact us at (647) 607-7529 and speak to a Criminal Lawyer immediately in a free, no-obligation telephone consultation. We want to help you through this difficult time, and our primary focus above all is to have your uttering threats charge withdrawn in order to ensure that you do not receive a criminal record.


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