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Criminal Defense Attorney: Defending the Rights of the Accused and the Incarcerated

    If you or a loved one has been charged with Terroristic Threat it is a serious matter and you need to call an attorney.   In addition to the possible criminal penalties having a Terroristic Threat conviction on your record can have a large impact on your future.  The most common way people are accused of committing terrorist threat is by:

  •     Threatening to commit an offense involving violence to a person with the intent to place a person in fear of immanent bodily injury.

    This offense is a class B misdemeanor with a range of punishment of up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.  If the threats are to a public servant or a family member it is a class A misdemeanor.  Often these charges occur as a result of exchanges that were made during an intense argument or during a difficult time in a relationship.  We have represented individuals where the statements were left as messages and also situations where there is no recording.  

    Sometimes clients are confused when they are charged with this offense because they say that they would never follow through on what was said and were just angry.  However, it is important to note that the law does not require that the accused intended to follow through with the threats but only that they intended to place a person in fear of immanent bodily injury.

    If you or a loved one has been accused of Terroristic Threat in Houston, Galveston, Fort Bend, or Brazoria County you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to aggressively defend you against these charges and to protect your rights.  Just because you have been accused does not mean you have been convicted.  Possible defenses to this crime include that there was no intent to put someone in immanent fear, that what was said would not put anyone in fear of immanent injury, or that the accused never made the statements that form the basis of the accusation.

    If you or a loved one has been charged with Terroristic Threat Please call us at 713-651-1444 or fill out an online contact form for a free consultation.  There are additional ways to commit a Terroristic Threat and they will be discussed in a later article.