Parsippany Attorney for Terroristic Threats - N.J.S. 2C:12-3
Criminal Defense Lawyer in Morris County, New Jersey
When people are accused of making threats against other people, those individuals
can end up facing can criminal charges. New Jersey law has two different
definitions of terroristic threats, as defined under the New Jersey Code
of Criminal Justice §2C:12-3. The first definition involves making
threats to commit any
violent crime with the intention of terrorizing another person or with the intention
of causing an evacuation at certain types of locations. These locations
include places of assembly, buildings and locations of public transportation.
This offense is considered a crime in the third degree (punishable by
three to five years of imprisonment); however, it can be raised to a crime
in the second degree (punishable by five to ten years of imprisonment)
if the terroristic threats occur during a time of county, state or national
The second definition of making terroristic threats involves threatening
to kill another person with the intention of getting the victim to actually
fear for his or her life. In order for these charges to hold up in court,
a certain level of immediacy must be shown—the victim must have
actually believed in that moment that he or she was about to be killed
and that the offender was capable of carrying out the treat. This is categorized
as a crime of the third degree.
Why hire a Parsippany Criminal Defense Lawyer?
Death threats and threats of terrorism are not taken lightly, especially
in the post-9/11 era. If you have been accused of making terroristic threats,
you have no time to lose in finding a competent defense lawyer to represent
you. Even if you know that the allegations against you are baseless, prosecutors
can still find a way to make you look guilty. At The Law Offices of Christopher
G. Porreca, P.C., I can help you fight conviction. If a conviction is
inevitable, it may be possible to get your charges reduced or to obtain
less severe sentencing.
A few possible defenses include showing that there is a lack of proof that
you ever made any threats, or showing that the claims you made do not
meet the requirements of terroristic threats. For example, you might have
made a threat to kill someone in a way that was obviously not meant to
be taken seriously and in a way that any reasonable person would not have
been threatened by. There are many people who make exaggerated or false
allegations against others as forms of retaliation when the two parties
are undergoing some type of dispute.
Contact our firm to get started on building a competitive criminal defense plan!