2017 Maryland Code
Criminal Law
Title 3 - Other Crimes Against the Person
Subtitle 7 - Extortion and Other Threats
§ 3-708. Threat against State or local official

  • (a) Definitions. --
    • (1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
    • (2) "Local official" means an individual serving in a publicly elected office of a local government unit, as defined in § 10-101 of the State Government Article.
    • (3)
      • (i) "State official" has the meaning stated in § 5-101 of the General Provisions Article.
      • (ii) "State official" includes the Governor, Governor-elect, Lieutenant Governor, and Lieutenant Governor-elect.
    • (4) "Threat" includes:
      • (i) an oral threat; or
      • (ii) a threat in any written form, whether or not the writing is signed, or if the writing is signed, whether or not it is signed with a fictitious name or any other mark.
  • (b) Prohibited -- Making threat. -- A person may not knowingly and willfully make a threat to take the life of, kidnap, or cause physical injury to a State official, a local official, a deputy State's Attorney, an assistant State's Attorney, or an assistant Public Defender.
  • (c) Prohibited -- Sending or delivering threat. -- A person may not knowingly send, deliver, part with, or make for the purpose of sending or delivering a threat prohibited under subsection (b) of this section.
  • (d) Penalty. -- A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 3 years or a fine not exceeding $ 2,500 or both.
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