What is a Terrorist Threat?
Following the 9/11 attacks, terrorist threats have been taken very seriously. Making a terrorist threat involves threatening to commit a violent crime against another person and instilling fear in that person. In California, the threat must be made with specific intent either verbally, in writing, or electronically. A conviction can be made even if the perpetrator is incapable of carrying out the threat.
Because terrorist threats are considered “wobblers,” the crime can be considered a misdemeanor or a felony. If the perpetrator is convicted of the misdemeanor, he or she can face up until one year in prison, while those being convicted of the felony, can face up until four years in prison. If the threat involved a deadly weapon, the sentence will be increased by one year.
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