The line between a “terroristic threat” and things like harassment and other types of threats. The terms for the state of Minnesota are spelled out in State Statute 609.713, but even this legal definition does not make the nature of such threats completely clear. In today’s post, we will try to help you understand what can be considered a terroristic threat in the state and what the potential charges may be.
While the common media view of terrorism usually centers on religious radical groups, the law does not limit terrorism to threats by extremists. A terroristic threat is simply one that causes terror in the recipient. This includes death threats and threats of bodily harm.
Under Minnesota law, terroristic threat penalties are usually invoked for death threats or bomb threats. Calling in a bomb threat, whether real or fake, is a felony that carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. An indirect communication of such nature, for example when a person hints that a bomb may be present in a building but does not take direct personal responsibility, is also considered a terroristic threat and carries a slightly lower penalty of imprisonment for up to three years and a fine of up to $3,000.
There is one other odd circumstance under which one could find themselves facing a terroristic threat charge. Brandishing a replica gun or BB gun can be grounds for such a charge if it is found to have been done in a manner that causes terror in another person. This carries a potential sentence of up to one year and a potential fine of up to $3,000.
As you can see, the charge of issuing a terroristic threat is a serious one in Minnesota, even if the accused party never really intended to commit any violence. If you stand accused of such a charge, you need quality legal representation. Contact us to learn how we can help you; the initial consultation is free and you can call 24 hours a day.
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