Paterson NJ Terroristic Threats Lawyers
In accordance with N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3 of New Jersey law, it is a criminal offense for an individual to make a “terroristic threat” against another. A “terroristic threat” occurs when someone threatens to commit a crime of violence with the purpose to terrorize, cause evacuation, or serious public inconvenience, or engages in conduct in reckless disregard of the risk of causing terror or inconvenience. Both oral and written threats to injure, maim, burn, destroy or damage property may satisfy 2C:12-3.
Seasoned Passaic County Criminal Lawyers
If you were arrested for making a terroristic threat, whether it arises out of a restraining order or not, we have a team of attorneys ready to successfully defend you. Our staff possesses over one hundred (100) years of collective experience defending cases in Paterson, and features four (4) former prosecutors, who are prepared to assist you. Give us a call anytime 24/7 for a free initial consultation. We hope you find the information that follows to be of assistance.
- Elements of an Offense Under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3. The prosecutor must establish three (3) elements to prove a terroristic threats charge. First, there must have been a threat. Second, the threat must be to commit violence. Third, the state must establish that the threat was made with a purpose to either terrorize or cause the evacuation of a building, or otherwise to cause serious public inconvenience. The third element may also be satisfied alternatively if it is proved that the defendant acted in reckless disregard of the risk of causing terror or inconvenience.
- Grading of Offense. All terroristic threat charges are venued at the Passaic County Superior Court, Paterson NJ, as they are indictable offenses. Where a terroristic case is venued in Passaic County depends on the grade of the charge involved. Typically, a terroristic threats complaint gives rise to a Third Degree Crime. The offense is, however, elevated to a Second Degree where the violation occurs during a declared period of national, State, or county emergency.
- Penalties. The jail term term in the event of conviction for making a third degree terroristic threat is zero to five (5) years in prison. A second degree charge carries five (5) to ten (10) years in jail. There is a presumption that a prison term shall be imposed where someone is convicted of second degree terroristic threats. The maximum fine is $15,000 for a third degree and $150,000 for a second degree.
Wayne NJ Terroristic Threats Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal offense like terroristic threats, stalking, harassment, aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child or simple assault in Passaic County, we can help. Our team of eight Passaic County criminal defense attorneys have been representing clients charged with various criminal offenses in towns like Wayne, Totowa, Clifton, Woodland Park, Hawthorne, Paterson and Passaic City. We have the experience and skill set needed to protect your freedom. A lawyer is available immediately to answer detailed question or to discuss representing you at 862-203-4070.