Introduced by Representatives Sweaney of Windsor, Adams of Hartland, Bohi of Hartford, Clarkson of Woodstock, Emmons of Springfield, Kainen of Hartford, Martin of Springfield, McLaughlin of Royalton, Seibert of Norwich and Trombley of Grand Isle
Subject: Crimes and criminal procedure
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to prohibit physical conduct intended to place a person in fear of imminent bodily injury and prohibit threats and actions intended to coerce or terrorize another person.
AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL THREATENING
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 13 V.S.A. § 1702 is added to read:
§ 1702. CRIMINAL THREATENING
(a) No person shall:
(1) by physical conduct, purposely place another person in reasonable fear of imminent bodily injury or physical confinement or restraint;
(2) threaten to commit a crime against another with the intent to coerce or terrorize any person;
(3) threaten to commit a crime against the property of another with the intent to coerce or terrorize any person;
(4) place an object or graffiti on the property of another with an intent to coerce or terrorize any person; or
(5) threaten to commit any crime with the intent to cause the evacuation of a building, place of assembly, or facility of public transport or otherwise to cause serious public inconvenience.
(b) An ability to carry out the threat is not an element of the offense.
(c) A person who violates this section shall be imprisoned not more than six months or fined not more than $1,000.00, or both.
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