LAWYER FOR THREATS
When a person threatens you in such a manner that you fear you will sustain some harm in the future, they are guilty of intimidation or harassment, which is a criminal offence. These threats can either be conditional (“if you don’t do X I will kill you”) or non-conditional (“I’ll kill you some day”).
Harassment and intimidation carry a more severe punishment if they are part of gender-based violence, and which has been committed by a person who has been or is a woman’s romantic partner. However, men can also be threatened, and can also report this type of behaviour.
According to the Spanish Criminal Code, anyone found guilty of intimidation and harassment may be sentenced to jail time, although sometimes community service is also an option.
WHAT TO DO IF…
In most cases, when it’s your partner who is intimidating or harassing you. this behaviour occurs behind closed doors, so it can be very difficult to prove in legal proceedings.
It is very useful to record said threats or similar intimidating behaviour, which is admissible even if the other person does not know or consent to being recorded.
Nowadays, there are many technical means available to record a conversation, and all are admissible as proof. Recording an exchange with your phone, for example, will help the judge determine that the threats and intimidations you are reporting are, in fact, true.
EXAMPLES OF INTIMIDATION AND HARASSMENT CASES
When I got back home, my wife and I started arguing. She threatened to throw me out of the house and never let me see our kids again if I have lunch or dinner with my parents again.
My husband and I were arguing; he became very violent and after insulting me in all possible manners, he said that next time he’s going to kill me.
My girlfriend came to pick me up when I got off work and saw me talking to a female colleague. She got very angry and yelled at me that if she ever sees me with her again, she’ll kill me.
My boyfriend and I have not been dating long, but today I got dressed up to go out with him and he told me that if he ever sees me in that miniskirt again, he’ll kill me.