My question involves criminal law for the state of: NY
Today my husband received a text message from a disgruntled business partner. They are in the beginning stages of dismantling their business. The business partner feels that my husband is taking advantage of him and has gotten upset. Today after contacting me via phone, I have NOTHING to do with the company, my husband received a message that said (paraphrasing due to language) " If you are going to screw me, then spend your nights sleeping with a loaded gun. And spend the rest of your life looking over your shoulder because I will spend the rest of my life getting even!" Since he also contacted me I am concerned for our families safety that includes two young sons. My husband contacted our local state police and was told that the text was not considered a threat but freedom of speech. How can that be? I feel fearful for our safety. He knows where we live, our numbers, where my kids go to school, where I work etc... I do believe that he has the means to carry the treat out and if nothing else isn't that harassment?