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Terroristic Threats

West Chester, Pennsylvania Terroristic Threats Lawyer

The Pennsylvania Terroristic threats statute can be found in the Pennsylvania Crimes Code at 18 Pa.C.S. §2706. Terroristic threats is graded as a misdemeanor of the first degree (M-1), unless the threat causes evacuation of a building, then Terroristic threats is a felony of the third degree. Terroristic threats carries an offense gravity score of three out of five. In order for the prosecution to convict you of Terroristic threats, it must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you: 1) made a threat to commit a crime of violence; and 2) the threat was communicated to the victim with the intent of terrorizing him or her or with the reckless disregard of causing terror.

Defending Terroristic Threats Cases

It is Pennsylvania law that the Terrorist threats statute is not intended to penalize mere spur-of-the moment threats which result from anger. This is called the "transient anger" defense. Mere transitory anger is not enough to convict someone of Terroristic threats. The threat must be made with the specific intent to terrorize another. The Commonwealth must also prove that the threat was communicated to the victim. If the victim does not hear the threat, one cannot be convicted of Terroristic threats. The threat may be communicated through a third party but must ultimately be communicated to the victim. It may also be a defense to Terroristic threats if the threat is conditional or predicated on some future event occurring. The aforementioned are just a few of the arguments my office may utilize in defending your case.

Contact Us

If you or someone you know is facing Terroristic threats charges contact Jason R. Antoine, Terroristic Threats Defense lawyer. I have experience prosecuting and defending Terroristic threats cases. It can be hard for the prosecution to prove all of the elements of a Terroristic threats case beyond a reasonable doubt. Some of the case law does favor defendants. Contact my office to schedule a free consultation to review the facts of your case.