Terroristic Threats Or Threats Of Violence
Under Minnesota’s Terroristic Threats or Threats of Violence statute, it is illegal to threaten another person, directly or indirectly, or commit any crime of violence with the purpose of terrorizing another person, or in reckless disregard of causing such terror. It is a felony offense punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, or both.
To convict someone of making a terroristic threat or threat of violence, the prosecution must prove the defendant threatened to commit a crime of violence and made the threat to cause extreme fear or showed “reckless disregard” that the threat would result in extreme fear.
A common example is shouting “I’m going to kill you!” during a dispute. Other actions that may lead to a terroristic threat charge include displaying a weapon, calling in a bomb threat or making a threat in writing.
It’s Time To Enlist Experienced Criminal Defense Counsel
The charge is serious and should be treated as such. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after your arrest. I am attorney Howard Bass, and I bring more than 30 years of experience defending individuals against a wide range of criminal charges.
Depending upon the circumstances involved, it may be possible to get the charges dismissed or significantly reduced. I will review the facts of your case and develop the strongest possible defense strategy. The circumstances that result in a terroristic threats charge can be extremely nuanced and often misinterpreted.
Speak With Me Before Speaking Further With Police
If you or a loved one faces a charge of making terroristic threats or threats of violence, or if you have been questioned by police regarding possible criminal conduct, it is important to enlist the help of a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Call 952-466-6718 or use my online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation. I will review the facts of your case, provide a candid assessment and recommend a course of action. I represent clients in Dakota County and throughout the Twin Cities from my office in Burnsville.