Threat

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Threats can be subtle or overt. Actor Justus D. Barnes, in The Great Train Robbery

A threat is an act of coercion wherein an act is proposed to elicit a negative response. It is a communicated intent to inflict harm or loss on another person. It can be a crime in many jurisdictions. Threat (intimidation) is widely seen in animals, particularly in a ritualized form, chiefly in order to avoid the unnecessary physical violence that can lead to physical damage or death of both conflicting parties.

Brazil[edit]

In Brazil, the crime of threatening someone, defined as a threat to cause unjust and grave harm, is punishable by a fine or three months to one year in prison, as described in the Brazilian Penal Code, article 147. Brazilian jurisprudence does not treat as a crime a threat that was proffered in a heated discussion.

Germany[edit]

The German Strafgesetzbuch § 241 punishes the crime of threat with a prison term for up to one year or a fine.

United States[edit]

In the United States, federal law criminalizes certain true threats transmitted via the U.S. mail[1] or in interstate commerce. It also criminalizes threatening the government officials of the United States. Some U.S. states criminalize cyberbullying.

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