A terroristic threat is defined as making a willful, unequivocal threat with the specific intent to cause people reasonable fear.

Does Texas Have a Law Outlawing Terrorist Threats?

Yes. In Texas, a person is guilty of the offense when threatening to commit any crime involving violence to people or property with intent to:

  • Place a person in fear of immediate serious bodily injury
  • Cause police and/ or first responders to deal with the emergency
  • Cause an interrupt to public transportation, communications, water, power, or gas supply
  • Interrupt the use of a building, place of worship, room, transportation or public place
  • Influence a federal or state agency or branch of government into reacting to the threat

Is Making a Terroristic Threat the Same as Making a False Report of Terrorism?

No, they are separate charges. Making a false report of terrorism involves:

  • Making a false report regarding a terroristic threat or act
  • Knowing the terroristic threat or act is false
  • Communicating the threat to another individual or police
  • With the intent to cause fear or panic.

What Criminal Sentence Can I Get for Making a Terroristic Threat in Texas?

The criminal sentence ranges from a misdemeanor to a felony.

When Is Making Threats of Terrorism a Misdemeanor?

It is typically a Class B misdemeanor punishable by:

  • Approximately 180 days in county jail
  • $4,000 fine
  • Both fine and county jail time

Making terroristic threats is a Class A misdemeanor when the threat was made against a public servant or family and household members.

When Is This Crime a Felony?

If the person causes more than $1,500 in financial losses to the victim’s property, it is a felony with a possible sentence of two years in state jail and/or a $10,000 fine. Other factors could raise the charge to a third degree felony, punishable by 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

A terroristic threat charge can lead to you facing jail time and a serious fine. If you are facing a charge involving making a terrorist threat, then it is vital to speak to a Texas lawyer to discuss how to resolve your case.