Criminal Defense Firm Protecting Clients in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura, and San Bernardino Counties in California Facing Terrorism Charges
Following the September 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S., lawmakers have gone to great lengths in their efforts to find, convict, and harshly penalize individuals who commit acts of terrorism. If found guilty of making terrorist threats or even carrying through with a terrorist act, the criminal penalties are extremely harsh. At The Justice Firm, we provide outstanding legal guidance for those who are under investigation or who have been arrested or charged with such offenses as:
- Intentionally distributing or spreading materials which are radioactive
- Committing or attempting to commit a chemical or biological attack
- Threats to damage either state or federal property, or carrying out those threats
- Threatening to injure or kill other citizens by bombing, hijacking, or poisoning with chemical, biological, or radioactive substances, or carrying out those threats
Individuals who call in a bomb threat to a local school or even threaten to injure or harm a neighbor or other individual may be arrested for making terrorist threats. These types of threats may be made a number of ways, including via email, telephone, in writing, or even in person and may involve a group of people or an individual.
California Criminal Penalties for Terrorist Threats
Individuals accused of making terrorist threats may be charged with a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the specific details of your case. Criminal penalties for those convicted are based on many factors including the seriousness of the threat, any consequences which may be a result of the threat, past criminal history, and more. If found guilty, punishment may include fines of up to $2,000, up to four years in prison, probation, parole, or loss of your right to own a gun or vote. Terrorist threats are considered a "strike" under California's three strikes law, which means an individual will not be eligible for release until he or she has served a minimum of 85% of the sentence.
Terrorism charges are serious, and will not only leave you facing criminal penalties if convicted, but will leave you with a stigma which follows you throughout life. Your career and reputation will be damaged. We urge you to contact our Los Angeles terrorist threat defense lawyers now, so that work can begin to protect your legal rights and freedom.
Defenses to Terrorism Charges in Orange County
There are several defense strategies commonly used by skilled defense attorneys to protect clients from a criminal conviction and the resulting penalties. These include:
- The threat was ambiguous and vague, not specific
- The alleged "victim" or recipient of the threat was not actually fearful
- The threat was not made in writing, through email or telephone, or verbally, but instead was a gesture
- Mistaken identity
- Insufficient evidence
- False allegations
As with every crime, a defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutors must prove every element of a crime in order for you to be found guilty.Contact The Justice Firm Now
Anyone who is under investigation or who has been arrested for terrorist threats should take action immediately; this is a very serious charge which could impact the rest of your life. At The Justice Firm, our Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys are dedicated to providing every client with unsurpassed legal representation. We put all of our experience, skill, and knowledge to work for you, fighting for the best possible results. Contact us today at (310)914-2444.