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§ 3-708. Threat against State or local official

West's Annotated Code of MarylandCriminal LawEffective: October 1, 2014

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Criminal Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 3. Other Crimes Against the Person
Subtitle 7. Extortion and Other Threats
Effective: October 1, 2014
MD Code, Criminal Law, § 3-708
Formerly cited as MD CODE Art. 27, § 561A
§ 3-708. Threat against State or local official
(a)(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.
Prohibited--Making threat
(b) 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.
Prohibited--Sending or delivering threat
(c) 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) 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.


Added by Acts 2002, c. 26, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2002. Amended by Acts 2013, c. 373, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2013; Acts 2014, c. 104, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2014.
Formerly Art. 27, § 561A.
MD Code, Criminal Law, § 3-708, MD CRIM LAW § 3-708
Current with all legislation from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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