My question involves criminal law for the state of: Florida
I'm going to include as many details as possible to get a full answer to this horrible inquiry, but please do not misinterpret it as me not taking this seriously. I am truly, deeply appalled by my behavior and understand that in many scenarios and other countries it might get me immediate jail time or even killed.
While drunk I sent a very angry and disturbing email to a friend of mine. It was horrible and I regret it deeply. So deeply in fact that I've already signed up for counseling with a good cognitive therapist, and I plan on thoroughly seeking help. It never directly stated that I was going to kill or injure anyone, in fact I did mention that "it's not like I'm going jump out of nowhere and give you what you deserve" but I did threaten to somehow ruin his daughter's life even if it took me the rest of my life (Clearly I should have gone to counseling earlier and will take that counseling very seriously to bring my behavior up to societies standards).
I did state that I would confront him and his family and even said that I would go to his place over and over and over, but never outright claimed I would physically attack or kill anyone. Rightfully, he filed a police report. The morning I woke up I poured my heart out into apologies via Facebook (the source of the threats to begin with) He has forgiven me and sent me a facebook message asking me to call him when I asked if I could apologize to him, which I did, profusely. He currently wants to obtain a restraining order against me, reasonably so, for his daughter, but it was only a single threat, I have no criminal background of any sort (I can't even remember the last time I yelled at someone other than this drunk crazy internet rampage, not that it means anything at all). Afterwards he added me on Facebook so that I could publicly apologize on his Facebook wall over the incident, which I did, profusely.
Apparently he and his attorney would like me to agree to a restraining order and I'm so ashamed of what I wrote I feel inclined to accept this out of pure guilt, but I realize this would affect me for life for this mistake and that in the state of Florida he would have to prove that there was more than one such incident, which there was not.
My questions are numerous and I feel deeply horrified by my own behavior.
First, does this constitute an internet threat where he is capable of making criminal charges against me for? He already filed a police report a few nights ago. I don't know how these things are handled but I haven't heard anything from the police and have not been served anything yet. In that kind of situation are you automatically arrested and what would have to constitute the threat itself? The email itself was filled to the brim with rancor but never stated anything about direct harm. Does this mean that I am clear of that charge?