One of the top priorities of federal and state officials is to prevent terrorism and to respond to terroristic threats in a timely fashion. This form of law enforcement vigor leads to the arrest of many innocent people and/or of people who should not have been charged with an offense of this magnitude.
Attorney Mark W. Bennett is ready to hear from persons accused of such offense. Some of our best trials have been against the federal government’s accusations against our clients. If you’re facing criminal charges of this nature it’s best to seek experienced legal advisement from an experienced defense lawyer quickly. You can reach our legal team by contact form or by calling the Bennett & Bennett legal team at 713-224-1747.
Understanding Terrorism & Terroristic Threats
It sounds really bad: Terroristic Threat. In a post-9/11 world, the words scare people.
In most cases it’s not really terrorism (the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims) though. Under the Texas Penal Code terroristic threat is threatening to commit a violent offense with the intent to cause a reaction.
Most commonly, the reaction intended is “to place any person in fear of imminent bodily injury.” Threaten to commit a violent offense with the intent to place any person in fear of imminent bodily injury?
This sounds a lot like a Class C misdemeanor assault by threat (“intentionally or knowingly threaten another with imminent bodily injury”). But that sort of Terroristic Threat is a Class B misdemeanor, a Class A if committed against a family member (loosely defined) or a public servant. Much more serious than the identical assault by threat.
Other non-terrorist intents that might make a threat Terroristic under Texas law are:
- To cause a reaction of any type to his threat by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies (Class B misdemeanor);
- To prevent or interrupt the occupation or use of a building or vehicle (Class A misdemeanor, unless there is a financial loss of $1,500 or more, in which case it is a state-jail felony;
- To cause impairment or interruption of public services (third-degree felony, 2–10 years in prison); or
- To place the public or a substantial group of the public in fear of serious bodily injury (also a third-degree felony). Some men just want to watch the world burn.
One category of Terroristic Threat might be true terrorism — threatening a violent offense with the intent to “influence the conduct or activities of “ the government. That sort of terroristic threat is a third-degree felony as well.
Accused of a Terroristic Threat?
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Whether you are charged with misdemeanor or felony terroristic threat, it is not a good thing to have on your permanent record. You need expert counsel to help you fight it. Call Bennett & Bennett. 713-224-1747.