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What To Do If Someone Threatens To Kill You (Urgent Detailed Steps)

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What should you do if someone threatens to kill you?

In this article, you’ll learn about:

  • the steps to take if someone threatens to kill you
  • what the police will do
  • whether the police will actually help you
  • how to handle your own protection
  • how to hide from the person making death threats

… and much more.

Let’s dig in.

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What To Do If Someone Threatens To Kill You

If someone threatens to kill you, you should:

  • take it seriously and take action
  • contact the police department
  • provide police with details about the person making the threats
  • gather your evidence

Details that the police will want of the person are:

  • the person’s name, address, and phone number
  • the specific criminal threat made
  • any other identifying information (i.e., what car they drive)

Call 911 and get to a safe place you are in immediate danger.

Some evidence that you can gather on your own are:

  • screenshots of text messages
  • recordings of phone calls
  • testimonials (witnesses) of the threat to kill you

What Is A Death Threat?

A death threat is a communication that:

  • threatens to kill someone
  • threatens to cause serious bodily harm

Threatening serious harm is also considered a death threat.

But only when the threatened bodily harm is life-threatening.

Some examples would of someone threatening to kill you would be:

  • someone making verbal threats about wanting to kill you
  • someone sending threatening emails, letters, or voicemails
  • posting on social media their intent to cause serious physical harm or death
  • making physical threats of violence
  • making threats to damage property that can lead to death (i.e., cutting brakes lines)

Someone Is Threatening To Kill Me

What are your options if someone is threatening to kill you?

  • contact the local police
  • protect yourself

Contact The Police

The first thing you need to do is call the local police.

They will respond quickly and deploy a unit from the police station to come to you.

Once there, they will assess the situation and begin the investigation of the threats.

They will also write up a police report that includes information like:

  • the date
  • the time and place
  • any witnesses to the threat
  • information about the person making the threat
  • a description of the threat (i.e., death threats, bodily injury threats, etc.)

Law enforcement can take the person making threats into custody if needed.

Take Measures To Protect Yourself

There are two things you need to do if someone threatens to kill you:

  • get to an unknown, but safe location
  • file a restraining order

A safe location can be anywhere like:

  • a hotel in another city
  • an old friend’s or loved one’s house
  • a distant family member’s house
  • an Airbnb in another city

Make sure you turn off any location-tracking devices like Family Sharing.

When you get to this location, park your car in a spot that’s not visible, like the garage.

Do not go somewhere that the person making threats will have previous knowledge of.

They could go to every known location to find you.

The other thing you need to do is file a restraining order.

You have to file a petition with the court outlining the reasons you need the restraining order.

Our criminal defense attorneys can file a restraining order for you that will protect you.

Just fill out the form on this page and we will get started on it.

We don’t need to meet in person.

Our law firm can do everything over a cell phone so that you can remain at your hidden location.

Ignoring a restraining order is breaking a criminal law.

The person can get criminal charges for violating the court order.

Depending on the severity of the violation, they could get a misdemeanor or felony charge.

Call a police officer immediately if the person making threats violates the restraining order.

What The Police Will Do If Someone Threatened To Kill Me

What will the police do if someone threatens to kill you?

They will:

  • investigate the death threat
  • provide you with protection
  • press criminal charges

Investigate The Death Threat

A police officer will launch an investigation to determine if the threat is credible.

To do this, they will investigate someone threatening to kill you by:

  • reviewing the evidence (i.e., text messages, cell phones, emails, voicemails, etc.)
  • secure the scene
  • interview potential witnesses
  • search your home to see if there is any other evidence of the death threats
  • collect physical evidence from your home
  • contact known associates of the person threatening to kill you
  • confront the person making the death threats against you
  • file any criminal charges against them, if possible

Provide You With Extra Protection

Police officers will provide you with extra protection if needed.

When someone is threatening to kill you, they may also:

  • provide you with a place to stay
  • monitor your home and workplace regularly
  • install alarm systems, lighting, and surveillance cameras
  • provide you with a personal safety plan
  • educate you on how to stay safe in public

Bring Criminal Charges Against The Aggressor

The person threatening to kill you can get arrested for it.

They can get charged with:

The laws on someone threatening to kill you vary by state.

In general, death threats are illegal.

(i.e., it’s criminal harassment to make a reasonable person fear for their life)

They can get prosecuted under federal and state criminal laws.

They could face misdemeanor or felony charges, fines, and jail time.

They could get up to 5 years in jail and $10,000 in fines.

What To Do If Someone Threatens To Kill You

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