Terroristic Threats Lawyers in Cherry Hill NJ
People can say or do things that are extreme when they lose control and a terroristic threats charge can arise when this happens. And what you thought was simply a harmless slip of the tongue can cause serious ramifications if you are convicted as a terroristic threat is either a third degree or second degree crime under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3 of New Jersey Law. Either grade of this offense carries years of state prison and thousands of dollars in finds in the event you are convicted. For anyone arrested for stalking in Stratford, Collingswood, Bellmawr, Pine Hill or anywhere else in Camden County, presentation of their very best defense to this charge is a must given these consequences. Our Cherry Hill firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, can offer you a unique level of knowledge and experience to insure that you have every chance of avoiding the ramifications of a terroristic threats offense. We are a team of former prosecutors with over 100 years in practice between us. For an immediate free consultation, call us now at 856-662-8300.
Camden Terroristic Threats Charges
As previously stated, a violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3 is always a felony of the third degree or second degree. As such, the only place that a terroristic threat charge arising in, for example, Audubon, Gloucester City, Merchantville or another venue in the county can be heard is at the Camden County Superior Court. In order for a jury sitting in Camden to convict you of a terroristic threat, the prosecutors must prove that you made a threat, the threat was to commit a crime of violence and was made to: (1) for the purpose to terrorize the victim; (2) to cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly, or facility of public transportation; (3) to cause serious public inconvenience; or (4) was in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or inconvenience. If the state is successful in proving these necessary elements under 2C:12-3, you will be convicted of the third degree crime of making a terroristic threat.
When Is A Pennsauken Terroristic Threat Offense A Second Degree Versus Third Degree Crime?
As previously stated, terroristic threats is a third degree crime where the prosecution can establish the elements set forth in the previous paragraph. Where certain conditions exist, however, the same elements can result in an elevated charge of second degree terroristic threats. A terroristic threat is a crime of the second degree, which is more severe, if it occurs during a declared period of national, State or county emergency. In this situation, the state does not need to prove that you were aware of a declared period of emergency, only that such a threat occurred.
What Penalties Will Face If I Am Convicted Of A Terroristic Threat In Lindenwold?
If you are convicted of the crime for terroristic threats in the third degree, you face between three (3) and five (5) years in a New Jersey State Prison and a maximum fine of $15,000. As a third degree crime, this grade of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3 violation is eligible for diversion under the Pretrial Intervention Program. For a cases to be diverted through this program, you must have no prior record and obtain approval for admission by both Camden County Probation and the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. All of these requirements must be met for a Lindenwold terroristic threat charge or any other to be resolved in this manner.
A conviction for a second degree terroristic threat is even more serious. This variety of 2C:12-3 charge carries a presumption of incarceration. What this means is that it is extremely likely that you will be sentenced to prison if you are convicted of this charge. The term of imprisonment set under NJ Law is 5-10 years. There is also a fine of up to $150,000 that may be applies. A second degree terroristic threats charge is ineligible for Pretrial Intervention.
Gloucester Township Terroristic Threat Attorney
If you were arrested in Haddon Heights, Voorhees, Somerdale, Clementon or another municipality in Camden County on accusations that you made a terroristic threat, you clearly need a skilled attorney to handle your case given the serious penalties that apply. You need this level of representation because a conviction under 2C:12-3 carries years in jail and thousands of dollars in fines. The lawyers at our firm are ready to skillfully represent you using their decades of experience and knowledge to your benefit. Do not make the potentially devastating mistake of taking a terroristic threat violation lightly. Call us for a free consultation at 856-662-8300 to learn what can be done for you. The consultation is free.