September 11, 2018 marks seventeen years since perhaps the most harrowing day in the modern history of our country. Terrorism remains a touchy subject for many Americans – perhaps more so recently than in a long time. Many people may guess, correctly, that the state of Florida has specific statutes listing the definitions and penalties for this crime. However, some may not know that even making threats of terrorism is treated very seriously and may come with severe penalties. Here is an answer, from the professionals at the Law Offices of Michael A. Gottlieb, P.A., to the question, “What is the felony for threats of terrorism?”
How Does Florida Law Define Terrorism?
Florida Statutes 775.30 details how the state’s legal system defines terrorism and the penalties for committing it. This law breaks down the definition into two parts, the first being what activities would constitute the act itself. “A violent act or an act dangerous to human life ”would meet Florida’s standards for terrorism. The same goes for any of the “computer-related crimes” listed in Statutes 815.06. These include, but are not limited to, accessing electronics or networks without authorization and installing viruses, engaging in surveillance, and destroying or damaging equipment.
The second part of the definition of terrorism is the purpose behind these activities. Doing any of the activities listed above to “intimidate, injure, or coerce” a group of civilians or influence the government’s actions and policies would count as acts of terror. A variety of other acts (such as murder, assault, battery, and kidnapping) may also be considered terrorism under this second part. If they are committed with the intent of “intimidating or coercing the policy of a government, or … affecting the conduct of a government,” it would meet the criteria for terrorism charges.
What Does the Law Say About Threats of Terrorism?
While Statutes 775.30 regards committing an act of terror, a completely different state discusses the state’s view of threatening an act of terror without or before going through with it. According to Statutes 836.10, anyone who “transmits a threat in a writing or other record … to conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism, in any manner that would allow another person to view the threat” will be punished by law. Threats of terrorism would be considered a felony of the second degree. Anyone convicted of this charge may be subject to a maximum of $10,000 in fines and as many as 15 years in prison.
People may face felony charges even for making a false threat. Statutes 790.163 states that it is illegal to make a “false report, with intent to deceive, mislead, or otherwise misinform any person” into believing that a terrorist act will be committed. This includes reports “concerning the placing or planting of any … deadly explosive, or weapon of mass destruction … or concerning the use of firearms in a violent manner.” Even though the threat was not real, those who hear it and find it credible would likely react as it if was a real threat. This may be why false threats of terrorism are considered second-degree felonies – the same level as a genuine threat of terrorism.
If you or a loved one have been charged with threats of terrorism – not even actually committing it – your life could change forever. The terrorism crime attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael A. Gottlieb, P.A. understand this. That is why we treat every case with the seriousness that it deserves and fight aggressively on our clients’ behalf. Contact us today at <a href=”tel:954-462-1005″>954-462-1005</a> for a free consultation.