If you were arrested for Terroristic Threat in Texas, you face a criminal accusation with the potential for serious consequences. Even worse, you face a charge that sounds like you intended to engage in an act of domestic terrorism. Fortunately, criminal defense attorney Waren Price has represented many people accused of this offense, and he knows how to defend against it.Understanding the Texas Terroristic Threat Law
The Texas Terroristic Threat law is contained in Chapter 22 of the Texas Penal Code. Section 22.07 of the Penal Code sets out the elements of the offense. The offense of Terroristic Threat may occur where a person threatens an act of violence against another person with the intent to cause one of the following:
- A reaction to the threat by an emergency official;
- Place any person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury;
- Place the public in fear of serious bodily injury;
- Impair or interrupt a public service;
- Interrupt the use or occupation of a public building or transportation; or
- Affect the activities of any governmental entity or agency.
Generally, the acts underlying this offense are not as serious as the name would imply. Often they may simply involve one person's verbal threat of violence against another person. More serious offenses may involve the threat to discharge an explosive device in a public building or on public transportation.Penalties for Terroristic Threat in Texas
Charges for Terroristic Threat in Texas can range from a Class B Misdemeanor all the way up to a Third Degree Felony depending upon the acts alleged as a basis for the charge. While the Class B Misdemeanor carries a maximum of six (6) months in jail, the Third Degree Felony charge of Terroristic Threat carries a punishment of up to ten (10) years in a Texas state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.00. Some of the more common penalties are:
- Threat of imminent serious bodily injury (up to 180 days in county jail);
- Threat of serious bodily injury to family member (up to 1 year in county jail);
- Threat causing the interruption of use of building with pecuniary loss of $1,500.00 or more (up to 2 years in state jail facility);
- Threat causing interruption of public transportation, public communications, or other public service (up to 10 years in state prison facility).
The range of potential penalties for your Terroristic Threat charge will depend upon what is alleged against you. Whether it is a misdemeanor charge or a felony, our criminal defense attorney is experienced in defending these cases.
Dismissal or Reduction in Sentence
Our number one goal is the dismissal of your case. Whether your case can be dismissed will ultimately depend on a number of factors including the severity of the offense, your criminal history, the cooperation of the complainant, and the potential defenses in your case. We have successfully defended clients against charges of Terroristic Threat in the past. Contact us for your free, no obligation case evaluation, and meet with our Terroristic Threat defense attorney to discuss how we might get you the outcome that you want. While your case may be appropriate for dismissal, other cases may be subject to a reduction to a lesser offense or a reduction in sentence.Not Guilty
While some cases may be subject to dismissal or a reduction in sentence, other cases have to be challenged at trial. Criminal defense attorney Waren Price will work with you to tailor the right defense for your case. If you are not guilty of the accusation, then your case can be set for trial, so that a jury can decide whether there is proof of your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If you are not guilty of Terroristic Threat, then you should not plead guilty to it. Let us help you get that Not Guilty verdict.Hire a Terroristic Threat Defense Attorney
If you or a loved one has been accused of Terroristic Threat, you need an attorney experienced in defending this type of case. Waren Price has handled many Terroristic Threat cases over his 20 year career. He has prosecuted and defended these cases. He can help.
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