One kind of crime that is popping up more often is threatening behavior. When a person is threatening to others, there is a chance that they could be arrested and charged.
Depending on the outlet for those threats, the individual could face federal charges for internet crimes or even hate crimes. Threatening behavior is sometimes a sign of intention, and this is why the authorities take it seriously.
Take, for example, the case of a man who made threats against schools in Charlottesville. The threats were taken so seriously that the Charlottesville City Schools were shut down for two days in a modified lockdown.
The 48-year-old man was arrested in May 2018 and pleaded guilty to a single felony count of making threats to injure. He was recently sentenced to 12 months and a day in prison for his behavior.
In the threat, the man claimed he'd pull off a copycat of Vegas, referring to the shooting that took place in Las Vegas. He suggested he'd be interested in schooling people at the local schools in Charlottesville, leading to the lockdown. He posted all of this on Yahoo! News.
A verbal threat doesn't always lead to a real problem, but the authorities are likely to take any threat against a school or other location seriously. Making a threat can land you in jail, so it's important that you're able to defend yourself well. What might have been an otherwise off-color comment could end up causing you a lot of trouble and put you in a position where you are fighting for your rights and freedom.