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I am receiving death threats from some unknown person

I am receiving death...

I am receiving death threats from some unknown person through text message, and think this is related to someone i met througha dating website. i am not sure whether to respond, take this seriously, or just wait before going to the police. What is usually done in this kind of situation?

Lawyer's Assistant: Have any charges been filed? If so, when is the next court date?

No charges have been filed, no court date exists.

Lawyer's Assistant: In what state did this occur?

I live in pennsylvania

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

This is all, it started today, ans has gone on all day. i have not responded other than ti say i am confused and don't understand. This is all i have responded to the person or people sending the threats.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Ok - i will remain on this page until it is clear what next steps are regarding legal help

It is no casual matter to make a death threat and you should report this to the police, along with your suspicions as to who may be behind this. It is illegal and they will investigate and reach out to the person you suspect is behind it. That should put an end to the harassment.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
How do these situations get handled if they are all through text messaging or online messaging means?

The wireless carrier and web site can trace the source. There is no privilege for making a death threat and, if credible, the police will reach out to the carrier to find out where the threats are coming from.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
do i just call the police's 911 number? how do i even report this?

Go to the nearest police station and show them the text messages.

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