Are Death threats Illegal?
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Turn it over to the police to sort out. The costs of a defamation case could far exceed a recovery, but feel free to speak to a local one as well. Use Avvo's lawyer finder tool.
They are. Call the cops. Things are not quite as anonymous as criminals like to believe.
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It sounds like he is guilty of stalking her and engaging in stalking type behavior. The giving her name and number out to others also constitutes stalking. I would seriously report it to law enforcement and the Denver DA's Office. Libel and defamation lawsuits are expensive and cost between $5,000-$10,000 right up front. This is a situation in which I would hand it over to law enforcement to pursue. The latest threat is a felony menacing of threatening to kill. This is extremely serious and should be a criminal action instead of a civil action.
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Death threats are a crime in California. I can't imagine they're legal anywhere else in the US. But he might just get probation and no jail time. All depends.
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False accusations that a 14-year-old accepted money in exchange for sex or is sexually promiscuous are defamatory per se in Colorado.
Credible death threats are illegal. The threats described in your question could violate one or more of the following Colorado Revised Statutes:
18-3-207. Criminal extortion
18-6-401. Child abuse
Your friend should report the criminal acts to her local law enforcement agency and provide the agency with as much evidence as she can to support her allegations. If any of her ex-boyfriend's conduct occurred at her school or a school function, then your friend should report it to the school and provide as much evidence as she can to support her allegations.
Your friend could also have viable civil claims against her ex-boyfriend. She should schedule a meeting with a defamation attorney or a personal injury attorney. She should ask the attorney to review her evidence and help her determine if she has viable claims for assault, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, or negligence per se. The attorney will explain her options and the costs associated with each option.