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Terroristic Threats in NJ: N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3
In New Jersey, N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3 governs Terroristic Threats and states:
§ 2C:12-3. Terroristic threats
a. A person is guilty of a crime of the third degree if he threatens to commit any crime of violence with the purpose to terrorize another or to cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly, or facility of public transportation, or otherwise to cause serious public inconvenience, or in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or inconvenience. A violation of this subsection is a crime of the second degree if it occurs during a declared period of national, State or county emergency. The actor shall be strictly liable upon proof that the crime occurred, in fact, during a declared period of national, State or county emergency. It shall not be a defense that the actor did not know that there was a declared period of emergency at the time the crime occurred.
b. A person is guilty of a crime of the third degree if he threatens to kill another with the purpose to put him in imminent fear of death under circumstances reasonably causing the victim to believe the immediacy of the threat and the likelihood that it will be carried out.
Penalties for Terroristic Threats in New Jersey
As the above statute enumerates, Terroristic Threats in New Jersey is typically a Third Degree Offense. However, the charge is enhanced to a Second Degree Offense under the statute if the violation occurs during a period of national, State, or county emergency. Obviously, this type of enhancement is extremely rare and the most common Terroristic Threats charges are Third Degree crimes. Nevertheless, an individual charged with Third Degree Terroristic Threats is facing one (1) to five (5) years in prison along with a permanent criminal record. As a result, an experienced Terroristic Threats Attorney in NJ should be consulted to defend against these charges. The criminal defense lawyers at the Moriarty Law Firm are available immediately for a free initial consultation.
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