A 17 year-old Port Hueneme girl was arrested for Internet crimes making criminal threats, after posting her intention to shoot up Camarillo High School last week. A number of Camarillo High School students saw the post and reported it to Ventura County police agencies. The girl, who does not attend Camarillo High School, was arrested the morning after the threats were published. When talking to investigators, she said she was just joking. Prosecutors filed charges of making criminal threats against the girl anyway.
Criminal Threats Charges Have Other Consequences
In California, making criminal threats can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Depending upon how this charge is prosecuted and the circumstances of your criminal threats case, the outcome can be impacted by California’s Three Strikes Law. Since the consequences of the Three Strikes Law are exceptionally serious, it is critical that you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you against criminal threats charges. A person’s age doesn’t necessarily protect them against the full consequences of the law, because juveniles in their late teens can be charged as adults, receive adult convictions and get adult sentences.
If you’ve been arrested for making criminal threats, Robert Helfend.. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Southern California courts for more than 30 years. He takes criminal threats cases as well as other Internet crimes cases in Ventura County.
Mr. Helfend works diligently to help the courts determine the true circumstances of his clients’ cases. In the case of criminal threats, zealous prosecutors often overreact and press forward when an accused person had no serious intentions of acting on statements made in person or online.
Mr. Helfend will never judge you based upon what you’ve been charged with. Instead, he will work with you to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County criminal threats case.
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