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The crime of terroristic threats is a misdemeanor crime in Pennsylvania and carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison.
Generally, terroristic threats require that a reasonable person would be put in fear by the threat. Terroristic threat cases have been overturned when the threats have been made out of anger, intoxication or while the individual has been hand-cuffed, among other reasons.
However, as with most criminal charges, the best defense can only be arrived at after careful consideration of all the details of the case with your attorney.
As a criminal defense law firm, We work diligently to find evidence that will support our client's innocence and establish a reasonable doubt that they are guilty of terroristic threats. As your defense attorney, we meticulously review police reports and eyewitness statements. We conduct own witness interviews and track down information that can help in obtaining a favorable outcome.
To schedule a free and confidential consultation with a criminal defense attorney regarding your criminal terroristic threats charges, contact our office today.
(a) Offense defined.--A person commits the crime of
terroristic threats if the person communicates, either directly
or indirectly, a threat to:
(1) commit any crime of violence with intent to
(2) cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly or
facility of public transportation; or
(3) otherwise cause serious public inconvenience, or
cause terror or serious public inconvenience with reckless
disregard of the risk of causing such terror or
(b) Restitution.--A person convicted of violating this
section shall, in addition to any other sentence imposed or
restitution ordered under 42 Pa.C.S. § 9721(c) (relating to
sentencing generally), be sentenced to pay restitution in an
amount equal to the cost of the evacuation, including, but not
limited to, fire and police response; emergency medical service
or emergency preparedness response; and transportation of an
individual from the building, place of assembly or facility.
(c) Preservation of private remedies.--No judgment or order
of restitution shall debar a person, by appropriate action, to
recover from the offender as otherwise provided by law, provided
that any civil award shall be reduced by the amount paid under
the criminal judgment.
(d) Grading.--An offense under subsection (a) constitutes a
misdemeanor of the first degree unless the threat causes the
occupants of the building, place of assembly or facility of
public transportation to be diverted from their normal or
customary operations, in which case the offense constitutes a
felony of the third degree.
(e) Definition.--As used in this section, the term
"communicates" means conveys in person or by written or
electronic means, including telephone, electronic mail,
Internet, facsimile, telex and similar transmissions.
Madsen Law Offices is located in Easton, Pennsylvania and represents clients throughout the Lehigh Valley, including Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Jim Thorpe, Stroudsburg and other outlying areas.