These types of crimes have a very different meaning today than they did before September 11, 2001, but it is important to remember that everyone accused of a serious crime deserves a zealous defense. The crime of terrorism involves the using the threat of violence or actual violence to instill fear in a group of people.
A person who has been arrested for the crime of terrorism faces serious charges, but the potential penalties may depend on the individual’s criminal record, including whether he has a history of violent crimes, as well as whether a weapon was involved in the terrorist acts or the threats of terrorism.
When there are injuries as a result of the terroristic act, the penalties are increased considerably and will be based on the extent of the injuries and whether there were any fatalities. Major property damage also is considered in these cases.
Many people find themselves facing serious criminal charges because they made terroristic threats, but did not actually carry out an act of terrorism. Although a person has the right to freedom of speech in the United States, there are restrictions on this protection. Some types of speech are innately dangerous or damaging.
The making of terroristic threats falls within this classification of speech. These threats involve the communicated intention to commit a crime that is likely to result in serious injuries, fatalities, and/or major property damage. In addition, threats that are meant to invoke terror fall within the parameters of the crime.
A person may find himself facing charges for terroristic threats if he does any of the following:
A person who is charged with the making of a terroristic threat faces the potential for a life sentence in federal prison.
Acts of terrorism or the making of terroristic threats in New York City often are targeted to accomplish the following:
If a person is accused of making terroristic threats or committing an act of terrorism, it is common to have people decree that the accused does not deserve a defense.
The nature of this type of crime often evokes a very knee-jerk reaction, but it is important to realize that a zealous defense is a constitutional right, which should not be revoked because of the prejudicial and political response to a specific type of criminal activity.
At Greco Neyland, PC, we believe that every person is entitled to a vigorous defense, regardless of the nature of the charges. Our attorneys understand the federal legal system and are prepared to go toe-to-toe with prosecutors in order to obtain a fair outcome for our clients.
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