Terroristic Threats

Pittsburgh Terroristic Threats Defense Attorney

Terroristic threats is a unique charge within the larger category of assault that involves causing others to feel overwhelming fear or terror.  In Pennsylvania, making a terroristic threat is a serious criminal offense prosecuted as either a first-degree misdemeanor or a third-degree felony.  Penalties for conviction can be extremely severe: up to 3 ½ to 7 years of imprisonment and fines of up to $15,000.

Given the high-stakes nature of criminal litigation involving terroristic threats, it’s important that you work with a team of criminal defense attorneys who understand how to challenge the prosecution’s arguments and help you avoid liability.  We can help.  Contact McKinney law today to arrange for a free consultation with an experienced Pittsburgh terroristic threats defense attorney.

Defining a Terroristic Threat Under Pennsylvania Law

Under Section 2706 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, a person will be deemed liable for having made a terroristic threat if he or she communicated a threat to:

  1. Commit any crime of violence with the intent to terrorize another;
  2. Cause evacuation of a building, assembly place or facility of public transportation; or
  3. Otherwise cause serious public inconvenience or cause terror or serious public inconvenience with reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or inconvenience.

For example, if you call in a bomb threat at your place of employment (even if you had no intention to actually set off a bomb), you could be found liable for making a terroristic threat.  In fact, you could be found liable for a felony of the third-degree if your threat caused the occupants of the building to be diverted from their normal and customary operations.

Generally speaking, terroristic threats are prosecuted as first-degree misdemeanors.  An exception applies when the threat causes the occupants of the building, assembly place, or public transportation facility to be diverted from their normal or customary operations.

For example, if you threaten to kill someone, then it’s unlikely that the threatened individual’s entire building will be evacuated.  The crime would be prosecuted as a first-degree misdemeanor (communicating intent to commit a crime of violence with the intent to terrorize).

Schedule a Free Consultation With a Pittsburgh Terroristic Threats Defense Attorney

At McKinney Law, our attorneys have extensive experience representing the interests of criminal defendants in a variety of disputes, including those that involve terroristic threats and other assault charges.

We are committed to the provision of truly comprehensive, client-oriented representation.  We engage closely with our clients to understand the details of their case and the steps we can take to resolve the dispute in a favorable manner.  This informational advantage empowers us to act decisively at every stage of litigation, whether in negotiating a plea bargain or arguing on behalf of the defendant at trial.

Call (412) 520-3301 or submit a message through our website to schedule a free and confidential consultation with an experienced Pittsburgh terroristic threats defense attorney at McKinney Law.