New Jersey Terroristic Threats Lawyer
Experienced New Jersey Terroristic Threats Lawyer Protecting The Rights of Those Accused of Making Terroristic Threats In Monmouth County, Ocean County, Middlesex County, and throughout New Jersey
In the past making a threat against another person was considered an obscure criminal offense. However, in today’s climate of violence and increased incidences of crime, threats are taken more seriously. This is especially because mere threats have resulted in the deaths of thousands in the past. If you make threats of using violence against a person, you may be charged with terroristic threats. A conviction for making terroristic threats can result in serious consequences including serving time in prison and paying a hefty fine. It is therefore important to seek representation from a seasoned New Jersey terroristic threats lawyer.
While terroristic threats may not involve taking action, a terroristic threats charge is serious. Whether your threats were the result of intoxication after a night at a bar or a heated argument with a person after a fender-bender, your threats could result in a conviction and a permanent criminal record.
At Mollo Law Firm we’ve witnessed the far-reaching consequences of terroristic threat charges. We have experience representing clients accused of making terrorist threats. Our attorney will work to provide you with the best defense in order to get the best outcome for your case. If you have been accused of making terroristic threats, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our criminal defense team will work to protect your rights.
What Constitutes a Terroristic Threat in New Jersey?
Terroristic threat charges are based on either of the following circumstances:
- You threatened to use violence against another person with the intention of terrorizing them or of causing the evacuation of a building, public transportation location or place of assembly.
- You threatened to kill a person with the intention of making that person reasonably believe that their life was in danger.
Terroristic threats are often classified as third-degree crimes which are punishable by 3 to 5 years of prison. However, if the threat was given during a state of emergency, it will be considered a second-degree crime punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison.
In order to be convicted of terroristic threats crime, the prosecution must prove that:
- You communicated a threat
- Your threat included an intention of committing an act of violence
- You made the threat with the intention of terrorizing the person or people to whom it was made
The prosecution must prove the above beyond a reasonable doubt. If any of the conditions outlined above are not met, you cannot be convicted of making terroristic threats. Unless the threat is written or recorded, prosecuting these cases can be a complicated matter. These cases are never cut and dry. These charges are often linked to domestic violence cases or cases of disagreements with friends. There are instances where the victim of the crime may refuse to cooperate. However, even if the victim refuses to testify, the prosecution may continue the case. It is also important to note that the prosecution does not necessarily require the victim’s testimony to be strong in order to get a conviction. They may have other evidence that can support their case against you.
It is therefore important to hire a skilled and experienced New Jersey terroristic threats lawyer. Your lawyer will help you navigate the complexities of your case. They will poke holes in the prosecution’s case and get your charges dropped or reduced. There are instances where experienced attorneys are able to weaken the prosecution’s case enough to be able to negotiate and have the charges dropped or reduced.
If you have been accused of terroristic threats, don’t hesitate to contact Moll Law Firm. Attorney Al Mollo will work tirelessly to get the best outcome in your case and protect your rights to freedom as well as your future.
Contact Mollo Law Firm to Consult with our Hard-Hitting New Jersey Terroristic Threats Lawyer
Terroristic threats may not seem like much but they are considered a serious crime in New Jersey. The consequences of a conviction include serving time in prison as well as paying hefty fines. You will also have a criminal record that will result in long-term consequences. These cases can also be quite complicated. They are often a case of he said/she said.
Don’t take any chances with your freedom or your future. If you’ve been accused of using terroristic threats, don’t hesitate to contact Mollo Law Firm. Schedule an appointment to speak with our seasoned New Jersey terroristic threats lawyer. Our attorney will craft an effective defense designed to get the best outcome in your case.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Terroristic Threats in New Jersey
You have a right to freedom of speech. However, that right does not protect all types of speech. Your rights to freedom of speech do not include speaking to another person with the intent of causing them terror. Terroristic threats are a crime because the law requires that these threats ought to be believed based on the standards of a reasonable person. The law not only protects your rights to freedom of speech but also the rights of others to be free from terroristic threats.
Yes. In most instances, terroristic threats are classified as third-degree crimes in New Jersey. If you are convicted for terroristic threats, you can expect to be sentenced to between 3 to 5 years imprisonment. You may also be forced to pay fines of up to $75,000.
There are also instances when a terroristic threat may be classified as a second-degree crime. This is when these threats are given during a state of emergency. If convicted, you will face a jail term of between 5 and 10 years and fines of up to $250,000.