The pertinent law on terroristic threats in found under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3. As you probably already understand, terroristic threats boils down to threatening language or actions done to terrorize another person. There are two sections for terroristic threats under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3. They differ slightly and are explained in greater detail below:
This section states that it is a crime for terroristic threats if a juvenile “threatened to commit a crime of violence against another and the threat was made with the underlying purpose to: ◊ Terrorize another; or ◊ Cause an evacuation of a building; or ◊ Causes serious public inconvenience.
This section states that it is a crime for terroristic threats if a juvenile ” (1) threatened to kill another person, (2) the threat was made with the underlying purpose to put the person in imminent fear of death, and (3) The threat was made under circumstances which reasonably caused the person to believe that the threat was likely to be carried out.
Juvenile Penalties for Terroristic Threats in NJ
If a juvenile is adjudicated delinquent for terrorist threats, then they will be subject the punishment in accordance with juvenile standards for a third degree offense. Specifically, a third degree juvenile offense carries up to two (2) years in the Burlington County Juvenile Detention Center, up to three (3) years probation, home detention, mental health treatment, fees and other court required penalties. Depending upon your prior history and the facts of your case, you may be eligible for a deferred disposition. A deferred disposition would allow you to avoid a delinquent adjudication on your record because the charges could be dismissed based on completion of the court required probation/monitoring.
Juvenile Terroristic Threats Lawyers in Moorestown, New Jersey
As demonstrated in the above information, terroristic threats, whether charged against a juvenile or adult, require you attention and care. Failure to properly handle these cases can have devastating effects on your life and could haunt your future. The County Prosecutor will pursue these charges whether or not you would have ever acted on the alleged threats. If you are facing juvenile charges in Burlington County, please contact our criminal law firm today at (609) 850-8284 today. Firm Partner, William Fay, is a former Deputy Attorney General with experience handling juvenile and criminal matters throughout New Jersey.
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