What is the punishment for Verbal threats in state of Michigan?
If the threat is made to a private citizen, and is in the nature of some future action against the threatened person, there is no punishment. However, if the verbal threat is accompanied by behavior that reasonably puts the threatened person in fear of immediate harm, the action is called an assault, which is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail, and/or a fine of up to $500.00. An assault is the act of threatening imminent (immediately forthcoming) harm, coupled with the apparent present ability to carry out the threat. No contact is necessary. There are separate laws against making threats to a public official.