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Utah Criminal Defense Lawyer - Terroristic Threats

Calling in a bomb threat, even as a prank, could result in felony criminal charges with serious penalties. Stephen Howard is an experienced and effective criminal defense lawyer in Utah who has represented thousands of clients facing serious criminal charges. If you have been accused of making a threat of terrorism or other criminal charge, contact us now to schedule an initial consultation.

Punishment for Conviction for Terroristic Threats in Utah

A criminal charge for making terroristic threats in Utah can result in a conviction at the second degree felony level, punishable by a possible 15 year prison term and up to $19,000 in fines and surcharge. In addition to these penalties, Utah courts can also require someone convicted of making a threat of terrorism to pay all costs incurred in responding to the threat. This can include the costs incurred by government agencies, private businesses, or individuals - potentially many thousands of dollars..

Elements of a Threat of Terrorism Charge in Utah

Under Utah criminal law, the criminal offense of "threat of terrorism" is committed if a person makes a threat to "commit any offense involving bodily injury, death, or substantial property damage" by use of a weapon of mass destruction or a hoax weapon of mass destruction." A criminal charge of "threat of terrorism" can also be supported by evidence that a person acted with the intent to "intimidate or coerce a civilian population or to influence or affect the conduct of a government or a unit of government" or the intent to "prevent or interrupt the occupation of a building or a portion of a building, a place to which the public has access."

To obtain a criminal conviction for making a threat of terrorism, a prosecutor does not have to prove that the defendant attempted to carry out the threat or even that the defendant was capable of carrying out the threat. Mere communication of such a threat, even a threat intended as a prank, could result in serious criminal charges.

Finding the Right Utah Criminal Defense Attorney

Each criminal case is unique. Finding the right criminal defense attorney for your case can help give you the best chance of successfully defending your case.

Based in Salt Lake City, criminal defense attorney Sephen Howard has a track record of achieving real results for his clients. If you are facing criminal prosecution for making a threat of terrorism or other criminal charges, contact us now to learn how an experienced criminal lawyer can make the difference in defending your case.


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Attorney Stephen Howard practices as part of the Canyons Law Group, LLC and Stephen W. Howard, PC.

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560 South 300 East, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
952 S. Main St., Suite A, Layton, UT 84041

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