Bergen County NJ Terroristic Threats Defense Attorneys
With Offices in Hackensack, New Jersey
Terroristic Threats is a serious felony charge in New Jersey under NJSA 2C:12-3 that can be graded as a second or third degree felony depending on the nature of the alleged offense. These cases will be prosecuted by the County Prosecutor’s office and handled in the Superior Court in the county in which you are charged.
The Tormey Law Firm is composed of a team of highly experienced criminal defense attorneys who regularly practice in Bergen County, New Jersey. These lawyers are passionate about serving their clients, who face charges ranging from aggravated assault to cocaine possession and reckless driving in towns including Oakland, Montvale, and Palisades Park. Finding a seasoned legal advocate that will help to guide you through the process can significantly impact your chances of success in resolving your case. The attorneys at The Tormey Law Firm are proud to provide this type of conscientious legal representation to their clients and their client reviews serve as a testament to their skillful and compassionate approach.
If you or a loved one has been charged with terroristic threats, stalking, harassment, or a domestic violence-related offense in Bergen County, New Jersey, contact the Hackensack offices of The Tormey Law Firm at (201)-330-4979 for a free consultation. One of our defense attorneys is always available to discuss your case, to answer your questions, and to outline your options for moving forward.
Terroristic Threats in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3
Terroristic threats is a criminal charge in New Jersey governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3, which provides, in pertinent part:
§ 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 stated in the statute above, terroristic threats is generally classified as a third degree (indictable) criminal offense in New Jersey. A third degree offense has a state prison range of three (3) to five (5) years. However, a presumption of non-incarceration exists for first-time offenders. This means that if you have no prior criminal record, you may be considered a good candidate for probation. And depending on the circumstances of the alleged offense, you may also be eligible for the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program. If eligible and admitted into the PTI program, the charges will be dismissed upon successful completion of the program. As a result, you will be able to maintain a clean criminal record.
Contact the Hackensack NJ Offices of The Tormey Law Firm for a Free Consultation
For additional information regarding terroristic threats or other domestic violence charges in New Jersey, contact our centrally located Hackensack offices at (201)-330-4979. A member of our criminal defense team will be pleased to provide a free consultation about your case.