Texting Threats Could Be A Crime

Texting threats may soon be a crime. State Senator Paul Lambert says LB 948 was brought to him by elected officials in the 2nd District.

According to The Cassgram, Lambert said, “The bill would add ‘electronic communication device’ as an additional way in which a person could commit the offense of intimidation with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend.

County attorneys recently had cases involving intimidation that occurred when individuals sent threatening text messages. It was felt that amending the ‘Intimidation by Telephone Call’ statute to reflect modern means of communication would be the best way to continue the recent commitment of the legislature to keep Nebraska's laws up-to-date.

LB 948 would also change the penalty for this crime from a Class III to a Class I Misdemeanor,” said Lambert.

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