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With no previous criminal record what is the possible penalty for a charge of misuse of communication devices that include harrasment and 1 possible threat. I live in Westland Michigan
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Unfortunately, threatening an individual is a crime and can potentially be charged in numerous ways, depending on the threat and the manner of the delivery.

If a threat is deemed to take place in interstate commerce, a person may be charged under 18 U.S.C. § 875. The maximum penalties under 18 U.S.C. § 875 are as follows:
18 U.S.C. § 875(b)
Threat with intent to extort: 20 years imprisonment and a fine
18 U.S.C. § 875(c)
Simple threat: 5 years imprisonment and a fine.
18 U.S.C. § 875(d)
Threat to property or reputation: 2 years and a fine
18 U.S.C. § 875 Statute
http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/18/875.html

Michigan Compiled Laws 750.540e prohibits malicious use of a telecommunications service to threaten someone. A violation of this statute is punishable by a maximum of up to 6 months imprisonment and up to a $1,000 fine.
Michigan Compiled Laws 750.540e
http://law.onecle.com/michigan/750-michigan-penal-code/mcl-750-540e.html

However, it's worth noting that the punishment for threats can vary based on the nature of the threats. As with the federal law, threatening someone to obtain money, threatening an employee of a family independence agency, threatening witnesses, threatening someone while wearing body armor, threats with explosives, threats in the course of gang activity, etc. can result in different penalties. You can view numerous statutes regarding the different types of threats at the following link.
http://law.onecle.com/michigan/750-michigan-penal-code/index.html

Repeated, continuous harassment can constitute aggravated stalking as defined by Michigan Compiled Laws 750.411h. Aggravated stalking is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine (unless the victim is under age 18, in which case the penalties are 10 years and $15,000). Further, there may be a 5 year minimum probationary period. If not determined to be aggravated stalking, it may constitute a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(tmnfaq55tkwuju45z3butij4))/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&objectname=mcl-750-411h

Further, harassment or a threat can constitute a basis for a victim to seek a protective order, prohibiting the party from contacting him/her. A protective order can interfere with an individual's right to own a firearm.

Of course, it's important to understand that there are often numerous ways in which a prosecutor can charge an individual with a crime. Accordingly, if law enforcement or anyone contacts you regarding such matters, it's essential to remember that anything you say may be admissible against you in court as evidence against you. For that reason, you may wish to retain an attorney to handle any discussions or negotiations on your behalf, as your attorney can help you protect your interests.

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I was thinking some more about your question. As a matter of clarification, I just wanted to emphasize that there is no guarantee that you will be charged with anything. For instance, if the individual fails to report it, if the prosecutor doesn't feel the matter is especially serious, or if there's insufficient evidence, criminal charges may not result. Further, even if they do result, you may not be charged under every statute. For instance, it's possible that the prosecutor could still pursue criminal charges but that he would only charge you with stalking (not aggravated). What to charge is a matter of discretion for the prosecutor.

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