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

(1)        He willfully 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. (1973, c. 1286, s. 11; 1993, c. 539, s. 172; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14(c); 1999-262, s. 2.)

Terms Used In North Carolina General Statutes 14-277.1

  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • in writing: may be construed to include printing, engraving, lithographing, and any other mode of representing words and letters: Provided, that in all cases where a written signature is required by law, the same shall be in a proper handwriting, or in a proper mark. See North Carolina General Statutes 12-3
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • property: shall include all property, both real and personal. See North Carolina General Statutes 12-3