Am I going to go to jail for threatening someone’s life?
My daughter has been caught up in the wrong crowd for quite some time, constantly dating guys who have no jobs and are total junkies. She recently showed up at a family party trying to cover up a bruise on her face with makeup. I questioned her about it for hours until finally she admitted that her boyfriend had hit her. I drove to their place and threatened to kill him if he ever touched her again. He supposedly went to the police and now we've got a my word against his word situation.
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If there were no witnesses, that is good. The one thing that could turn this into a win for the prosecution is your statements to police or people who could repeat these admissions. You have the right to remain silent. Use it.
Now, what you may have done is called "harassment." Harassment involving threats to kill is a felony. However, the fear on the part of the threatened party must be reasonable. For example, Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela may call me up and threaten to kill me. Would my fear be reasonable?
Not unless there were some reason he had the present ability to kill me. So there is a subjective standard. Things like tone of voice are important. The distance between the threatener and the threatened can matter.
If I stood at the end of a football field and threatened you with a sling shot, it would not create reasonable fear. However, a .30.06 rifle would. Best that you consult an attorney, keep quiet and avoid the person thereatened.
If your daughter is assaulted again, she needs to call the police.