Is intimidating someone illegal
Serious threats of violence are absolutely illegal where they are credible and the threatening party is acting intentionally (and perhaps recklessly).
Threatening or Intimidating, under ARS 13-1202, is a serious offense that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony.Whether your harasser can be prosecuted successfully is secondary to protecting your immediate safety.Coercion isn't necessarily the legally significant behavior here - it's the intimidation itself that may violate the law."Use of force is justified when a person reasonably believes that it is necessary for the defense of oneself or another against the immediate use of unlawful force."Intimidation may be employed consciously or unconsciously, and a percentage of people who employ it consciously may do so as the result of selfishly rationalized notions of its appropriation, utility or self-empowerment.Intimidation related to prejudice and discrimination may include conduct "which annoys, threatens, intimidates, alarms, or puts a person in fear of their safety...because of a belief or perception regarding such person's race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct."Intimidation may be manifested in such manner as physical contacts, glowering countenance, emotional manipulation, verbal abuse, making someone feel lower than you, purposeful embarrassment and/or actual physical assault.
The Court held that it wasn't enough that Elonis’s wife feared for her life or that a reasonable person would have felt threatened, as well.