Newton NJ Terroristic Threats Lawyers
Criminal Defense Attorneys in Sussex and Warren County, New Jersey
The New Jersey Criminal Justice system takes terroristic threats cases very seriously. Pursuant to the New Jersey Criminal Code, a charge of terroristic threats will be either in the second or third degree, both of which carry severe penalties. It is important to emphasize that the law criminalizes the act of threatening to do something to a group of people or another individual. That is, terroristic threats do not necessarily require any overt action that would constitute a crime but only a threat to do so. In other words, terroristic threats are not necessarily what is commonly understood to be “terrorism.” In fact, under the New Jersey Criminal Code, a person is guilty of terroristic threats, for example, simply by threatening to kill another individual. In fact, these charges are often accompanied by restraining orders if the incident allegedly occurs in the context of domestic violence.
Ultimately, terroristic threat cases are extremely fact-sensitive and depend on a careful analysis of the underlying facts and the context in which the alleged terroristic threat occurred. The criminal defense team at the Tormey Law Firm has handled numerous terroristic threats cases in Belvidere, Hackettstown, Phillipsburg, Vernon, Sparta, and throughout Sussex and Warren County. If you are facing terroristic threats criminal charges and/or a restraining order in Sussex or Warren County, contact the defense lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm to discuss your case. One of our highly experienced lawyers is available at 973-755-1695 to provide you with a free initial consultation.
Terroristic Threats Defense Lawyer in Belvidere NJ
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3(a), person is guilty of a crime of the third degree 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. A violation of this subsection is a crime of the second degree if it occurs during a declared period of national, State or county emergency. The actor shall be strictly liable upon proof that the crime occurred, in fact, during a declared period of national, State, or county emergency. It shall not be a defense that the actor did not know that there was a declared period of emergency at the time the crime occurred. Furthermore, according to N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3(b), person is guilty of a crime of the third degree if he threatens to kill another with the purpose to put him in imminent fear of death under circumstances reasonably causing the victim to believe the immediacy of the treat and the likelihood that it will be carried out.
Potential Consequences of Terroristic Threats in New Jersey
Regardless of the type of terroristic threats charge, the penalties are severe. A conviction of third degree terroristic threats is punishable by fines of up to $15,000 and three to five years in prison. But if a person is guilty of second degree terroristic threats, the New Jersey sentencing guidelines impose a fine of up to $150,000 and a term of imprisonment of five to ten years in prison.
Contact Hackettstown NJ Terroristic Threats Attorneys Now
The terroristic threats defense attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm in Warren and Sussex County are well-versed in the defense strategies and approaches to defending a terroristic threats case. If you have been charged with terroristic threats and your case is scheduled in Sussex or Warren County Superior Court, contact the Tormey Law Firm immediately to learn more about the charges and what can be done to fight your case. Consultations are always provided free of charge.