Uttering threats is a speech offence, where a person may be convicted of using objectively threatening language against a person or a person’s property. It is not uncommon for “uttering threats” to be charged alongside other allegations of violence, such as assault. Indeed, threatening language used in conjunction with an assault or other crime of violence can strengthen the Prosecution’s case. Though all Canadians have “freedom of speech”, such freedom does not extend to certain kinds of speech; which includes uttering threats and a other offences (such as solicitation or hate speech). This is considered a reasonable limit prescribed by law.
Defending an utterance offence can be difficult, but it is possible. David Chow understands the importance of proving the actual utterance and the intent underlying that utterance. If you have been charged with uttering threats contact David Chow. He defends cases in Brooks, Calgary, Lethbridge, Cochrane and throughout Alberta.