Under California Penal Code 422, a criminal threat is a verbal or written specific and unequivocal threat to kill or physically harm someone that puts that person in a state of reasonable fear for his or her safety or for the safety of an immediate family member.
The bail amount for criminal threat is usually set at $15.000, but it can go up for serious offenses. In San Diego, bail is set initially based on a bail schedule, but it can be raised or lowered by a judge based on the charges filed by the District Attorney and the circumstances of the case.
If a friend or family member has been arrested for making a criminal threat, contact King Triton Bail Bonds to help him or her get out of jail as quickly as possible.
How Much Time in Jail Can Someone Get for a Criminal Threat?
For criminal threat, the defendant may be facing:
- Up to one year in county jail if convicted of a misdemeanor
- Up to four years in a California state prison if convicted of a felony
- The use of a weapon increases the sentence by one year
If probation is granted, the law requires completion of domestic violence counseling and the court will impose a protective order barring contact with the purported victim.
King Triton Bail Bonds offers bail for clients that are facing numerous charges including criminal threat. Contact us to start the bail bond process immediately. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and our bail agents are within 5 minutes of every single jail in San Diego County.
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Criminal Threat in San Diego County: Case Examples
- After threatening to kill members of an animal hospital after the death of his dog, the defendant received a felony charge. He was released from jail on a bail bond of $50,000.
- For making criminal threats, the defendant, 25, received a no-bail felony warrant, although she had no prior criminal record.
- The defendant, 29, was arrested for displaying a weapon and possessing a dagger. The man, who was held on a $25,000 cash bail, was arrested after making criminal threats at a hotel employee.
- The defendant, 33, was charged with criminal threat and a second count of robbery related to a reported kidnapping. He waived his arraignment for five felony charges: three counts of robbery and one count each of kidnapping and criminal threat. His bail was set at $50,000.