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Q: Can my 16 year old be arrested for threatening to shoot someone in response to a threat made to her 9 year old sister?

An adult woman came to our home and threatened to have my 9 year old daughter beat up. My 16 year old responded by saying not to send anyone to our house anymore or she will shoot her. .I want to report the adult because she wont leave our family alone but I dont want my daughter to be arrested.

Aderonke Lipede
Aderonke Lipede answered on Aug 26, 2017

Please be advised that a threat to do harm may potentially subject an individual to criminal charges and it is not a legal defense to a threat. However, if as you say, the person came to your home, it is unlikely based upon your recitation of the facts, a complaint against your daughter. If... Read more »

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