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What are the penalties for criminal threatening in Maine?

What are the penalties for criminal threatening in Maine?

If convicted of the crime of criminal threatening & domestic violence, defined by Title 17-A sect. 209-A, you’re facing the following penalties, which apply in all misdemeanor level criminal cases:

  • A fine of up to $2,000.00
  • Maximum jail time of up to 364 days

Because this is a crime of domestic violence, additional penalties that are specific to DV cases may apply as well:

  • Probation of up to 2 years
  • Enrollment in a 48-week Certified Batters Intervention Program

If you’re placed on probation, you’re receiving a split sentence.

What that means is that an underlying sentence including a period of jail is being imposed, such as 120 days of jail. However, in most cases, the jail time is either fully or partially suspended.

For example, the sentence might read;120 days to the County Jail, all but 48 hours suspended, 2 years probation. That means you have to go to jail for 48 hours and while you’re on probation, you have 118 days of jail time hanging over your head.

That way, if you experience compliance problems while on probation, they can fully revoke your probation term and send you to jail for 118 days, or they partially revoke your probation and give you a shock sentence of 7 days, with probation to continue.

Either way, probation is bad news for most people, as many folks have a difficult time successfully completing their term of probation.

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