A person may be charged for making a terrorist threat if that person willful threatens to commit a crime that will result in either death or great bodily injury to another person.
The threat has to be made with the intent that it be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out. For instance telling another person that you will kill them or injure them in some way may be charged as a terrorist threat even if it was just a threat and the person making it had no intention of carrying it out.
The threat also needs to be immediate and unequivocal and cause another person to fear for their safety at the time it is made. It is not enough to merely make a gesture, there has to also be some sort of communication that goes along with it. The communication however need not be oral and can be transmitted in writing or via some for of electronic communication.
Often times, a threat offense is charged in addition to an assault or battery charge or some other more serious felony. These charges are extremely serious and can lead to dire circumstances for the person charged.
Threat offenses are generally punishable either by one year in jail or by imprisonment in the state prison in Los Angeles county. Probation is also possible and only a qualified criminal defense lawyer can help you obtain it.
If you are charged with making a terrorist threat, you will need to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer who is willing to fight for your rights and your freedom. There are many aspects to every case and we understand that you will need a lawyer who not only fights for your rights but also helps explain your options to you.
At Sigal Law Group, we have a proven track record or success in even the most difficult cases. If you or your loved one is charged with making a terrorist threat, the sooner that you call the better we can help.
Call Sigal Law Group today for a free consultation with our Los Angeles terrorist threats lawyers.