Terroristic threatening is a criminal act that can lead to serious charges. There are various laws that prohibit individuals from doing this. One thing that people don’t realize is that you don’t have to act on the threats to face criminal charges. Simply making a threat is all it takes to face a criminal charge.
A primary factor in these cases is the defendant’s intent. If you intend to do something that’s going to cause someone else to fear you or something done in an effort to receive a specific outcome, you can be charged with terroristic threatening. There are several specific acts that fall under these laws. Examples of these include:
- Coerce civilians or government employees to take specific actions
- Influence civilians or government employees to make certain decisions
- Threaten to kidnap, assassinate or commit a mass destruction
A person who actually does these types of acts can be charged with terrorism. This has even harsher penalties, and there’s a chance that the federal government will be the one to charge the defendant. This means that there are some very strict penalties that can come for a person who’s convicted.
For example, you face up to 10 years just for terroristic threats and up to life in prison for kidnapping. Because of these penalties, it’s necessary for you to get your defense in order as soon as possible to ensure that you have time to consider all your options. Your defense attorney can help you find out what might be possible and to discuss your options with you.