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What are Terroristic Threats in New Jersey?

In New Jersey and around the country, we see that terroristic threats are on the rise. While we may think of a “terrorist” as someone from an adversarial country or fringe domestic group making threats against groups of people, anyone can be charged with a terroristic threat crime if they are threatening violence with the intention of terrorizing another person or group of people. If you have been charged with a terroristic threat, contact a terroristic threats lawyer today.

In the state of New Jersey, the threat of violence is taken just as seriously as the actual commission of violence. Under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3, a person can be convicted of a third-degree crime if “he threatens to commit any crime of violence with the purpose to terrorize another or to cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly, or facility of public transportation, or otherwise to cause serious public inconvenience, or in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or inconvenience.” Additionally, a person can be convicted of a terroristic threat crime “if he threatens to kill another with the purpose to put him in imminent fear of death” causing the victim to believe his life is in jeopardy. 

Not All Terroristic Threats Are Made to Public Safety

Consequently, not all terroristic threats are threats made to public safety. In many cases, a terroristic threat can be a verbal threat between two individuals who know each other or in cases of road rage or an alcohol-induced fight in a local bar. Many terroristic threats are made in conjunction with a domestic violence situation. 

Because of the public and private safety aspects of terroristic threats, the state of New Jersey is taking these crimes very seriously. While you may consider a threat a minor flair of anger, the law will consider it something more. Your minor flair of anger may land you in jail facing serious criminal charges if your threat

  • Was made personally to another person
  • If the threat involved the commission of a violent crime against that person or persons
  • If the threat was made for the express purpose of terrorizing that person or persons or causing the evacuation of a building
  • If the threat caused that person or persons to feel in imminent fear for their lives

If your threat is also coupled with the possession of a weapon, it is not only considered a more credible threat, but you may be facing additional weapons charges. In this case, when a possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose occurs during a terroristic threat, penalties will be far more serious, with sentences possibly set by the judge to be served consecutively. 

If you are facing a terroristic threat charge, it is critical to get the help of an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney to understand the consequences, your rights under the law, and your options. 

Getting Legal Representation

If you are convicted of terroristic threats in New Jersey, you may be facing 3 to 5 years in prison and fines of up to $75,000. But there may be defenses available to you. It is important to get the support of an experienced criminal defense attorney who fully understands the law, the evidence against you, and the mindset of the prosecution in your case. 
Adam M. Lustberg and the criminal defense team at Lustberg Law Offices LLC diligently protect your rights under the law to ensure your best possible outcome. If you are facing a terrorist threats charge, call us at (201) 880-5311 or contact us through our online contact form to schedule a consultation.

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