Communicating Threats – Raleigh Communicating Threats Lawyer in Wake County, North Carolina

A person charged with communicating threats is guilty of this offense when they threaten to injure a person, someone’s family, or their property in such a way that a reasonable person would believe that the threat would actually be carried out. Communicating threats is charged as a Class 1 misdemeanor in North Carolina. Harassing phone called may also be charged as a Class 2 misdemeanor.

Communicating threats can be made in person, electronic e-mail, and any type of electronic communication including texting or telephone. If you are charged with communicating threats in Raleigh, North Carolina or the Wake County area you should make sure that you have a good criminal defense lawyer who will defend your case.


The Law for Communicating Threats

Communicating Threats in North Carolina is governed by North Carolina General Statute § 14-277.1 which reads:

(a)   A person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor if without lawful authority:

  1. He wilfully 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

Elements of Communicating Threats

A person guilty of this offense

(1)Without lawful authority

a. Willfully threatens ot physically injure

i. Another person or

ii. That person's child, dibling, spouse, or dependant or

b. Willfully threatens to damage another person's property and

(2)    Communicates that threat to the other person

(3)    In a manner that would make a reasonable person believe it is likely to be carried out and

(4)    The threat is believed by the threatened person.

Contact a Communicating Threats Criminal Defense Attorney Today

If you have been charged with communicating threats in Raleigh, North Carolina or the Wake County area make sure that you contact a criminal defense lawyer who will defend you against your communicating threats charge. Contact Wiley Nickel for a free consultation at (919) 948-7159.


Wiley Nickel

Wiley Nickel lives and works in Cary, North Carolina. In 1998, he graduated from Tulane University with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. After college Wiley went to work for Al Gore and travelled with the Vice President as part of his national advance staff. Following the Gore campaign he earned his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005. While in law school Wiley worked as a law clerk in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office where he gained valuable criminal trial experience before taking and passing the California bar exam. His first job out of law school was for the Merced County District Attorney’s Office where he worked as a Deputy District Attorney with a focus on prosecuting DWI offenders. Wiley later joined the Law Offices of Joseph Uremovic where he focused on civil litigation and family law. When the opportunity came to join the Obama campaign in 2008 Wiley jumped at the chance. He spent three years travelling with President Obama as a member of his national advance team. In 2011 Wiley left his work for the White House to return to the practice of law. Wiley devotes the majority of his practice to the areas of criminal law, family law, traffic tickets and DMV issues. The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel was started with the goal of providing the best representation possible for all of his clients. Experienced, Compassionate, Aggressive Criminal Defense While defense attorney Wiley Nickel works as the primary attorney for all of his cases, he does have an associate attorney, a team of investigators, forensic consultants, and support staff to call on to help achieve the best possible result in every case. He limits his case load so that he can focus on providing the best possible legal defense to all of his clients. Every case is a top priority and the goal is to have your case dismissed with a focus on being able to expunge your charges at the end of the process. When he is not working, Wiley is an avid family man, distance runner and golfer. He loves North Carolina college sports and is hoping this is the year for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Wiley is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and California.