Terroristic Threat Charges

The offense of terroristic threat under Texas law doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with acts of political or religious terrorism, such as what occurred on 9/11. Rather, a terroristic threat includes any threat of criminal violence to persons or property that is designed to frighten people, disrupt public affairs, or influence government action.

 

Often, it is the result of a bitter argument between lovers or ex-lovers, although this is not always the case. Calling in a prank bomb threat to a local high school, for example, might qualify as a terroristic threat.

 

Making a terroristic threat can be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon the circumstances.

Classification and Penalties

The classification of a terroristic threat depends on the intentions of the defendant and the specific facts of the case:

 

  • Threatening a government agency responsible for dealing with emergencies with the intent to cause a reaction is a Class B misdemeanor
  • Threatening someone with imminent serious injury with the intent to frighten is a Class B misdemeanor unless it is directed towards a family member, someone in your household, or a public servant, in which case it is classified as a Class A misdemeanor
  • Making a threat intended to cause the evacuation of a public building is a Class A misdemeanor unless it causes damages of at least $1,500, in which case it is a felony punishable by imprisonment in a Texas penitentiary
  • Making a threat with the intention to place a group of people in fear of imminent serious injury is a third-class felony.

 

The Texas terroristic threat statute defines a number of other situations in which a threat can be considered criminal conduct. Penalties range from up to 180 days in jail for a Class B misdemeanor to a maximum of 10 years in prison for a third degree felony. Maximum fines range from $2,000 to $10,000.

Cyberbullying

“Cyberbullying” has received quite a bit of attention recently. Some conduct that takes place completely in cyberspace can be classified as a terroristic threat, including activity on social media websites.

Other Possible Charges

Criminal offenses that sanction conduct that is similar to terroristic threat include stalking and harassment. Both of these are serious offenses – stalking is prosecuted as a felony as are some forms of online harassment.

You Don’t Have To Settle

The crime of terroristic threat is a serious charge that can land you in jail and saddle you with a lifelong criminal record. With a skilled criminal law attorney however, conviction is far from inevitable. I am zealous in defense of my clients, and I am not afraid to stand up to the Texas judicial system on your behalf. If the state wants a conviction, they are going to have to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. Corley Legal, PLLC can be contacted in Austin or San Antonio and surrounding counties 24/7 at (210) 444-2889 / (512) 444-2889. Call immediately if you were arrested and we can schedule a time to meet and discuss your case.

You need an attorney who will fight. Contact Attorney Linda S. Corley today.