Making a terrorist threat is generally defined as threatening to commit a violent crime to cause panic or terrorize someone. The threat must be a willful threat done with specific intent. The State of California has a law regarding making a terrorist threats.
No. Verbal assault occurs when someone intentionally uses words in an attempt to place a person in apprehension of an imminent battery. The threatening words combined with the actions such as pointing a gun to someone’s head makes up verbal assault. Making terrorist threats involves verbal or written threats regarding damaging property or harming someone.
The State defines a terrorist threat to commit any violent crime with the purpose of:
No. The charge includes written and verbal threats to cause property damage or bodily injury.
Yes. Three strikes law provides a harsher punishment for a third felony offense. Factors for three strikes eligibility depend on the time between felonies, order of crimes committed, and discretion of the judge. As a result, a person can be sentenced to life in prison for making terrorist threats—if it’s their third felony conviction.
Yes. Being accused of making terrorist threats is serious and involves potential prison time. Talk to a criminal lawyer regarding a possible defense to the charge.
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