When a person is accused of threatening to kill or inflict severe injury on another person in Hunterdon County, they can be charged with a terroristic threat violation. There are numerous reasons for someone to get arrested on this charge in a local municipality such as Readington, Flemington, Raritan Township or Clinton. This should be taken very seriously, because it is a third degree crime that can land someone in prison for a long time. Choosing an attorney who is experienced increases your chances of avoiding this and other penalties.
Charges of Terroristic Threat in Hunterdon County
Terroristic threat charges in New Jersey are coded in N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3. You may be charged with either a third or second degree crime under this law depending on the facts of the incident. In either scenario, the violation is a felony that has to be heard at the Hunterdon County Superior Court in Flemington. No jurisdiction exists for a municipal court in Holland, Union Township, East Amwell, Lebanon or any other municipality in the state to handle an offense of this nature.
Here are some of the frequently asked questions about terroristic threat statute:
What Is The Prosecutor Obligated To Demonstrate To Prove A Terroristic Threat Offense? For you to get convicted under the terroristic threat law, the state is obligated to establish that you threatened violence against another person in order to cause terror, evacuation, public inconvenience, or in reckless disregard for the risk thereof. One alternative basis for solidifying a terroristic threat charge is showing that the defendant threatened to kill someone for the purpose of putting that person in imminent fear of death.
How Is The Degree of A Terroristic Threat Offense Determined? In general, a terroristic threat is filed as a third degree crime. However, the violation goes up to second degree if the threat is made in the course of a period of national, state or county emergency.
What Kinds of Penalties Can Be Imposed For Making A Terroristic Threat? Third degree terroristic threat can get you up to 5 years in prison and cost you $15,000 in fines. The prison term would be up to 10 years and the fine a maximum $150,000 for a second degree terroristic threat.
Does A Diversion Program Exist For A Terroristic Threat Charge? Yes it does. First offenders who are facing a third degree crime are eligible for the Pretrial Intervention (PTI) Program. Applicants must successfully complete a one (1) year probation term in order to secure a dismissal of charges.
Spodek Law Group has experienced attorneys that defend terroristic charges in Hunterdon County, including charges filed in Union Township, Raritan Township, Flemington, Clinton, Readington, Lebanon, East Amwell, Tewksbury, Bethlehem, Franklin Township, Alexandria, West Amwell, Hampton, Delaware Township, Holland, High Bridge, Milford, Lambertville, Glen Gardner, Frenchtown, Califon, Bloomsbury and Stockton.
Terroristic Threat Defense Attorneys in Hunterdon County
If you are currently the subject of a complaint or indictment on a terroristic threat offense in Hunterdon County, our attorneys have the tools to thoroughly defend you. The lawyers at our firm have decades of experience. This allows us to build persuasive defenses. We also possess a long track record of successful outcomes, including numerous acquittals and downgrades in terroristic threat cases. If you would like to speak to an attorney, call us today.
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