Terroristic Threats

Terroristic threats are a relatively new "in vogue" crime that we see now more than we have in the past.  Acts that can rise to the level of terroristic threats include threatening to commit a crime of violence in an effort to terrorize a specific person, making a bomb threat with the intent to terrorize another, or brandishing a replica firearm or BB gun in a manner intended to cause terror or panic in others.  

Obviously, there are a wide array of actions that could lead to being charged with terroristic threats.  Threatening to hit someone with a baseball bat would qualify.  Walking into a movie theater and screaming that there is a bomb in the theater is another.  Using a BB gun to scare someone would be another action that could lead to this charge.  It really can be used as a 'catch-all' for many different activities.

If you have been charged with this crime, you may be in luck.  There are a number of different elements that the prosecution will have to prove in order to get a conviction under this statute.  Using the example of the baseball bat threat, they will have to a) prove that you made the threat, b) prove that you had the intent to cause terror in the person you threatened, c) prove that the threat was legitimate and not an obvious joke, and d) prove that the threat actually had the effect of causing terror in the threatened party.  Other mitigating factors could be your level of intoxication and the context of the rest of the conversation.

The punishment for this crime can range anywhere from 366 days in prison to 5 years along with fines in the amount of between $3,000 and $10,000.  Clearly, this is not a charge to take lightly.  If you or a loved one have been charged with Terroristic Threats, please contact us at The Law Office of Brodie Hacken as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your defense.