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When What You Say, Can Land You In Jail

Words have power.  Whoever said that sticks and stones will break your bones, but names will never hurt you, perhaps underestimated their power.  In Pennsylvania, words alone can land you in jail.

§ 2706 – Terroristic Threats of the Pennsylvania Code is a common charge in Pennsylvania.  Under the statute, a person commits the crime of terroristic threats if the person communicates, either directly or indirectly, a threat to:

  1. Commit any crime of violence with intent to terrorize another,
  2. Cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly or facility of public transportation;
  3. Otherwise cause serious public inconvenience, or cause terror or serious public inconvenience with reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror. (18 Pa. C.S. § 2706)

Terroristic Threats is usually a misdemeanor of the first degree.  This means the crimes usually carries a maximum penalty of five years incarceration. 

If you have been charged with Terroristic Threats, it is important you make the State prove every element of the crime. Contact a Philadelphia criminal defense attorney to discuss your case.  We offer a free consultation to defendants in Philadelphia.  Call us at (267) 535-9776.