Terrorist Threats Defense Attorneys
Terrorist attacks have resulted in over 3,600 deaths between 1995 and 2016. While earlier concerns of terror were mostly geared toward groups in Islamic nations, the recent and dramatic uptick in school and club shootings has put an entirely new face on terrorism. Whereas seemingly insignificant threats of violence may have been looked over in the past, Central Florida law enforcement officers are now taking all threats of terror seriously.
If you find yourself facing criminal charges for making terrorist threats, seek criminal defense from a seasoned attorney. The Orlando terrorist threat defense attorneys at The Umansky Law Firm are experienced lawyers with a wealth of criminal defense experience. We understand the implications of a criminal conviction and want to help ensure that your rights are protected. Contact us today to learn more about your legal defense options.
What Exactly is a Threat of Terror
Florida Statute § 775.30 defines terrorism as “A violent act or an act dangerous to human life which is a violation of the criminal laws of this state or of the United States… intended to
- Intimidate, injure, or coerce a civilian population;
- Influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
- Affect the conduct of government through destruction of property, assassination, murder, kidnapping, or aircraft piracy.”
Per Florida Statute § 815.06, terrorism also extends to include “offenses against users of computers, computer systems, computer networks, and electronic devices.” Some common examples of terrorism include threatening to:
- Physically harm or kill an individual
- Discharge hazardous materials
- Use or build a bomb to destroy property
- Cause damage to terrorize others
- Use a symbol to terrorize others
- Commit any act of violence
Those facing charges for making a terrorist threat should take them seriously. The State will strive to make an example out of you to deter others from doing the same. This remains true no matter if you did this as a prank or had sincere intentions. In either case, you should be aware of the criminal penalties associated with the crime.
Florida Penalties for Threatening Terror
Anyone who threatens to commit an act of terror in Florida has committed a second-degree felony punishable by:
- Up to 15 years in prison; or
- Up to 15 years probation;
- $10,000 in fines
Those who go through with an act of terrorism will be charged with a first-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison or probation and $15,000 in fines. If that act of terror causes “serious bodily injury,” they can be charged with a life felony.
Legal Help from a Terrorist Threat Defense Attorney
Threatening to commit an act of terror is not something that will just get swept under the rug. The State will put maximum pressure on the judge to help ensure that you’ll never have the opportunity to go through with your threat. Your best chance at freedom and mitigating charges is through the services of a seasoned criminal defense attorney.
The Orlando terrorist threat defense attorneys at The Umansky Law Firm have over 100 years of combined legal experience and have also served as state and local prosecutors. We know the lengths the State will go to get a conviction and are here to ensure that your best interests are protected. Our team will analyze the details of your case, craft a defense against all charges, and serve as your legal defense throughout the criminal process. Contact us today at 407-228-3838 for a free case evaluation.