Summerville, GA asked in Criminal Law for Georgia

Q: What can we expect from an elderly Vietnam veteran threatening to shoot a doctor over the phone?

This involves an elderly disabled veteran in cronic pain frustrated over a doctor's perceived as incompetent

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Jermario L Davis
Jermario L Davis
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: Assuming that the incident is reported to law enforcement, the actual charge(s) will come down to the exact statement made to the alleged victim. Based on the info that you have provided, this individual could be charged with the offense of Terrorist Threats. There are two types of terroristic threats: Felony and Misdemeanor. If the threat was to kill or cause death, then the charge would likely amount to a felony. If the threat was simply to do some type of non-deadly violence, then it would only amount to a misdemeanor offense.

While the statement may have been made in the heat of passion, without any real intent to carry out the threat, it would be in your best interest to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney if charges are filed.

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