Accused Of Making Terroristic Threats In The Twin Cities Area?
Have you been charged with making terroristic threats in Minnesota? William Mauzy, Attorney at Law, is ready to provide you with knowledgeable and smart criminal defense representation.
William Mauzy has more than 30 years of experience in sophisticated white collar cases, federal cases and more. He is also board-certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association and by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Call his Minneapolis office today at 612-504-5533.
The Penalties For A Conviction Are Serious
Repercussions for a conviction on the charges of terroristic threat include:
- Long-standing imprisonment
- Probation or parole
- Loss of voting rights
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.
Defenses against charges of terrorist threat crimes may include:
- Exposing inadequate evidence
- Proving innocence
- Mistaken identity
Threats Are Not A Protected Form Of Free Speech
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.
What Counts As A Terroristic Threat?
Terroristic 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 threat. 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.
Act Now To Protect Your Rights
When you are accused of making a terroristic threat, it is a serious situation. Consult an experienced criminal defense attorney from William Mauzy, Attorney at Law. Attorney Mauzy can discuss the steps that must be taken to protect your rights today.