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What is a Terroristic Threat?

In Minnesota, the crime of Terroristic Threats usually doesn’t involve anything we traditionally associate with terrorism. Instead Minnesota describes terroristic threats as directly or indirectly threatening to commit a crime of violence with the purpose to terrorize another. So, by telling the guy who’s stealing your spot in the Target check-out line that you’re going to punch him in the face, you may have committed the crime of Terroristic Threat.

Terroristic threats is a relatively common crime and the statute criminalizes three situations:

  • Directly or indirectly threatening to commit a crime of violence in order to terrorize another person or causing the evacuation of a building, bus, train, or any other place that would cause a public inconvenience;
  • Telling someone that there are explosives in a location with the purpose to terrorize another or with reckless disregard of terrorizing another; and
  • Displaying of brandishing a fake firearm.

Terroristic threat charges often come up in situations where there is also a charge for domestic abuse, but as you can see, they can apply to a wide range of behaviors. A conviction for any felony makes it difficult to find a job, but this is particularly true with respect to a terroristic threat conviction.

Our team of Minneapolis terroristic threat attorneys at Brockton D. Hunter P.A. have extensive experience with terroristic threat cases and will guide you through the process to help you fight for your rights.

Elements Involved in a Terrorist Threat

Although terrorist threats can occur in a wide range of ways, some of the common elements involved in these types of cases include:

  • Threats
  • Specificity
  • Reasonability
  • Terror

Not all threats are criminal, but terrorist threats are a prohibited form of speech.

Terroristic Threat Charge in Minnesota

If you are charged for making an alleged terrorist threat, you need to ensure that you have every available resource to aggressively fight your charge. A conviction of this type could debilitate your future and prohibit your ability of future prospects for employment and housing.

Penalties often involve the following for those convicted of making a terrorist threat:

  • Incarceration – Prison term of 5 years
  • Fines – Typically around $10,000 or higher for multiple charges

You can also be hit with restitution costs paid to the victim of the threat.


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