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  1. #1
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    Default Communicating Threats

    What I did was stupid, but I was real angry.

    When I paid off one of my bills, I wrote on it something like " if you bill me again i'll f 'ing kill you all!"

    What kind of sentence do you think I will get ?
    Consider I have done no crimes before and I didn't know it was a crime.
    State is NC if it matters.

    Also, does anyone know if they have to inform me if any charges are pending against me ?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Communicating Threats

    Are the police actually involved? In some contexts, the processing of payments involves such a quantity of mail and is so automated that they might not even notice.

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    yes. The police called and I admitted my guilt. He said it was a crime in NC, but not how serious. This was like 10 months ago.

    I got a letter from a lawyer recently saying there were charges pending and he had legal services to offer.

    I would just want to know what might happen.

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    Default Re: Communicating Threats

    It's presumably this statute:
    Quote Quoting North Carolina General Statutes, 14‑277.1. Communicating threats.
    (a) A person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor if without lawful authority:
    (1) He willfully threatens to physically injure the person or that person's child, sibling, spouse, or dependent or willfully threatens to damage the property of another;

    (2) The threat is communicated to the other person, orally, in writing, or by any other means;

    (3) The threat is made in a manner and under circumstances which would cause a reasonable person to believe that the threat is likely to be carried out; and

    (4) The person threatened believes that the threat will be carried out.
    (b) A violation of this section is a Class 1 misdemeanor.
    Check with the lawyer, or some other local lawyer, to see if there may be a way to avoid a conviction. If you have a clean record and are convicted, you can probably expect probation, fines, and possibly a requirement for community service.

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    Default Re: Communicating Threats

    How does it work ? I mean, will I be informed of a court date ? a summons ?

    Misdemeanors must not be too serious if a year can pass without hearing about it.

    I guess by item #4 in your reply makes me guilty - just if they believe the threat to be true. I'm real scared to go see a lawyer. They may just take my money and not really try to help me. I hope the judge will not be too hard on me.

    For the purpose of employment criminal background checks, how long would a conviction stay with me ?

    Thanks for your help.

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