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What is the law on terroristic threats?

It goes without saying that engaging in acts of terrorism is an extremely serious crime that is treated with the highest sensitivity in the United States. While terroristic acts are one thing, making statements and threats is another.

Making terroristic threats, whether with true intentions, strategic intentions or just through jest are all serious crimes. The are federal laws in place created with the intention of keeping the country safe that specifically prohibit these acts

How is terrorism defined under the law?

Unlike most crimes, which are punishable based upon an act, terrorism is different. Terrorism is based on an intention. Therefore, plainly expressing an intention to commit a terrorist act is a crime in itself. Talking about such a threat is a an attempt use violence or the threat of violence to ignite fear, intimidate and cause terror in a group of people, usually civilians.

Are there any more indirect terror crimes?

It is illegal for any person or business to transfer money or engage in transactions with countries that are ruled to be supporting international terrorism. Secondly, any threats made, whether serious or in jest, can result in very harsh penalties.

What are the penalties for making terroristic threats?

Terror threats are treated extremely seriously because they can affect the security of the entire country. If you are found guilty of making a terroristic threat, you could face a prison sentence of up to 10 years. If there is any evidence of you trying to prepare for this act, the penalty is likely to be much worse.

If you have been accused of making a threat or statement relating to terrorism, it is important that you understand the seriousness of the crime.

Source: FindLaw, "Terrorism and Terroristic Threats," accessed Feb. 09, 2018

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