When people lose their temper, death threats are not uncommon.  There are times when death threats can rise to the level of criminality and those that made the threats are charged with terroristic threats. A terroristic threats charge is an indictable offense in New Jersey, which is akin to a felony.  A conviction for terroristic threats will result in a criminal record which can, among other things, affect one’s career prospects down the line.  Those convicted of terroristic threats will also be subject to heavy fines, community service and prison.  Therefore, it is important for any charged with terroristic threats to obtain a free consultation with a New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney. The Sloan Law Firm handles terroristic threats offenses in New Jersey and offers free initial consultations to anyone charged with a criminal offense.


N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3 defines terroristic threats as:

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.


In New Jersey, a terroristic threat offense is a third degree felony and, under certain circumstances a second degree offense.   Third degree felonies persons offenses are punishable by up to 5 years in prison while a second degree felony is punishable up to 10 years in prison.  In addition, the court may impose other penalties such as hefty fines and community service.

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The Sloan Law Firm provides aggressive and experienced legal defense to anyone charged with Terroristic Threats in New Jersey.  If you or a loved one have been charged with Terroristic Threats and would like to discuss the charge with a New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney, please do not hesitate to contact the Sloan Law Firm at: (908) 358-2938.  The initial consultation is always free.

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