Penal Code 422 PC: Criminal Threats

Penal Code 422 makes it a crime to communicate a threat of serious harm to someone if (1) you intend to put the person in fear, and (2) you actually do put the person in sustained fear. Criminal Threats may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, the felony version is a strike.   This particular charge is at times charged along with a domestic battery charge.  Some situations will start with a verbal argument then escalate to a physical altercation, hence resulting in the filing of both charges.