When facing a terroristic threat charge in Texas, it is in your best interest to get in touch with the experienced Austin criminal defense attorneys at Peek Toland & Castañeda PLLC. Understandably, you may feel extremely stressed due to being put in such a perilous position; however, you need not panic or lose hope. We can help you protect your rights and formulate an effective legal defense to get you significantly reduced penalties, if not dropped charges altogether.
Attorney Steve Toland and his associates at Peek Toland & Castañeda PLLC have years of experience in criminal defense law under their belt. We are thoroughly familiar with the local prosecutors, judges and court systems, and can use this knowledge to your advantage. During the preliminary stage of your case, we will put in our best efforts to get the prosecution to drop the case, or negotiate terms that are favorable to you, though, we are not afraid to go to trial if necessary.
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What Constitutes Terroristic Threats in Texas?
According to Chapter 22 of the Texas Penal Code, an individual may be charged with making terroristic threats if s/he declares his/her intention to harm another person’s being or property in order to accomplish any of the following:
- Cause a reaction by an official or volunteer agency that works with emergency responses
- Instill fear of serious bodily injury in an individual or the general public
- Prevent or interrupt the occupation or use of a property or place of assembly
- Interrupt public communications transportation utilities or public services
- Influence a branch of the federal or state government
The prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt one of the scenarios described above in order to obtain a conviction.
Penalties for Terroristic Threats in Texas
A crime of terroristic threats may be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or felony, and result in a prison sentence ranging from six months to 20 years, a fine of up to $10,000, community service, restitution to the victim and probation. Even after a convicted individual’s sentence has been fulfilled, s/he may face further consequences down the line, such as the loss of ability to obtain student loans, join a government service or retain a personal protection license.
Effective Terroristic Threats Defense Attorney in Austin
The knowledgeable attorneys at Peek Toland & Castañeda PLLC can challenge the prosecution’s claims against you in a variety of ways, depending on the circumstances of your case. We may base your defense on the absence of intent, on the premise that your alleged threat did not meet the terms specified in the Texas Penal Code, or on any other number of arguments. To learn about your rights and legal options, please contact our office today.