In this age of heightened security and widespread concerns about terrorism, bomb threats are taken more seriously than ever. Most bomb threats are merely threats, and involve no actual bombs. But the threat itself is often punished severely, and is a criminal offense. If you or a loved one has been accused of making a bomb threat, you may need the assistance of experienced legal counsel.
The most common targets of bomb threats are schools and government buildings. Unsurprisingly, many bomb threats directed at schools come from schoolchildren themselves. As minors, the court system may be more lenient on school-aged offenders, particularly if no bomb is found. However, those who direct threats at schools do face potentially severe legal consequences.
Adults are often more likely to call in, or otherwise communicate, a bomb threat to a government building. In these cases as well, there is often no bomb, but offenders can receive harsh sentences if found guilty. Some of the legal ramifications of bomb threats include:
- Heavy fines
- Bills for the cost of emergency services responding to the threat
- Long jail sentences
In addition, a conviction can lead to a mark on your permanent criminal record. This may especially complicate the lives of young offenders, who could face difficulty getting a job later on.
Many suspects, or their legal guardians, are surprised to discover how seriously bomb threats are taken. But bomb threat suspects have the right to full and fair hearings under the law. The Milwaukee bomb threat defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. may be able to help you with your legal defense. Call us today at (414) 271-9595 for more information.