Making Terroristic Threats Can Have Serious Consequences

Have you been charged with making terroristic threats in Minnesota? A terroristic threat lawyer at the Law Offices of William J. Mauzy is ready to provide you with knowledgeable and smart criminal defense representation. Call our Minneapolis office today at 612-444-9466.

Repercussions for a conviction on the charges of terroristic threat include:

  • Long-standing imprisonment
  • Probation or parole
  • Fines
  • Loss of voting rights
  • Rehabilitation

Defenses against charges of terrorist threat crimes may include:

  • Exposing inadequate evidence
  • Proving innocence
  • Mistaken identity

While freedom of speech is a protected right in our nation's constitution, there are some things that do not apply to this right such as dangerous or damaging forms of speech. Making terrorist threats is one such form of speech that is forbidden in the state. In fact, making a terrorist threat or a criminal threat is a crime in all 50 states. Terrorist threats involve making a threat of inducing serious injury, death, terror or serious physical property damage.

First, the person usually makes this threat in writing or verbally, however the threat does not have to be explicit. A person can make a threat even with body language. Some state laws require that a person say the statement verbally. The person also must specifically threaten serious injury or death. The threat also must be reasonable in order to qualify as a terrorist thread. It isn't necessary for the threat itself to cause someone else to feel scared or terrorized. The actions of the person accused are what determine whether they have committed this crime.

People convicted of making terrorist threats face a range of penalties. Some states categorize the crime as a misdemeanor or a felony. The penalties involved for each include incarceration of up to one year in jail. For felony convictions, a jail sentence can be 40 to 100 years. Fines of up to $250,000 for felonies and $10,000 for misdemeanors apply. Probation is typically given for cases like this.

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When you're accused of making a terrorist threat, it is a serious situation. Consult an experienced criminal defense attorney from the Law Offices of William J. Mauzy. We can discuss the steps that must be taken to protect your rights today.

Call our Minneapolis office at 612-444-9466, or you can also email us to request an appointment.