Many people mistakenly believe that they can only be prosecuted for a crime if the illegal action in question was actually carried out. In actuality, individuals may be prosecuted and convicted if they threaten physical harm to another individual or threaten to cause public inconvenience. Persons apprehended for threats of violence or other criminal actions are often charged with making “terroristic threats”.
The punishment for making terroristic threats varies by the severity of the threat and the state in which the threat was made. Punishments may include minor criminal charges, fines, court fees, and probation, to serious criminal charges and possible jail time. To learn more, contact the Appleton criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at 414-271-9595.
Terroristic Threats: Criteria
The criteria for terroristic threats often include threats that cause:
- Individuals to fear serious bodily harm
- Reaction by emergency agencies including police, EMS, Fire, etc
- Evacuations of government or public buildings
- Closure of government or public buildings
- Prevent the use of places of employment and occupation
- Prevent the use of aircraft, boats, buses, and other forms of transportation
- Cause the interruption of utilities, communications, and other public services
Although some individuals may feel that comments made in jest or in a non-threatening manner should not be taken seriously, any comment that gives a person reason to fear bodily harm may be considered a terroristic threat.
If you stand accused of making terroristic threats, contact the Appleton criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at 414-271-9595 to formulate your defense.