We all have said things like, “I just want to burn this place down” or “I hate school so much I wish it would just blow up,” but we didn’t mean them when we said them. We most likely said them because we were frustrated and the statements were ways of expressing that frustration.
If you have said something that has been perceived as a terroristic threat, immediately securing the representation of a Mankato criminal defense attorney is important. The sooner you secure representation, the sooner work can begin on your case. When the evidence and the minds of witnesses are fresh, a stronger case can be built for you.
Experienced Terroristic Threat Attorneys
In general, a terroristic threat is a threat to commit any crime of violence, including assault, arson, drive-by shootings, or even kidnapping. It can be a direct threat or an indirect threat. The threat becomes criminal under various circumstances, including:
- Having reckless disregard for the public, thus terrorizing another or causing an inconvenience by the alleged terroristic statement or action
- Causing an assembly building or other public place to be evacuated because of an alleged terroristic statement or action
- Threatening to commit some kind of violent act or intending to terrorize another person
Displaying a replica firearm or BB gun in a threatening manner can be considered a terroristic threat. Even communicating to another that there may be an explosive somewhere could be considered a terroristic threat, whether an explosive is there or not. If found guilty of terroristic threats, the fines can be up to $10,000 and the prison sentence up to 5 years.
Quality Terroristic Threat Defense
Any type of terroristic threat is taken seriously and this is why a Southern Minnesota criminal defense attorney is needed in the case. Even if getting a positive result seems impossible, it may not be. Your attorney will review your rights and options with you so that you can make informed decisions that will affect the outcome. You may be surprised to find that there are factors that may be present that can result in a charge reduction. When the charges are reduced, the penalties are reduced and that means moving on with your life much sooner than you would otherwise.
Contact A Mankato Criminal Defense Lawyer
It can be easy for words or acts to be perceived as a terroristic threat. While there are legitimate cases, there are some times when a statement is misconstrued. If you have been accused of making a terroristic threat, it is your right to have a competent and skilled criminal attorney advocating for your rights and future. To learn more about your rights and options, call Farrish Johnson Law Office, CHTD at 507-625-2525 for a free consultation.
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