Atlanta, Ga. – The Atlanta Police Department Headquarters received a bomb threat earlier today. Fortunately, officers reported that a bomb K-9 unit cleared the threat around 9:00 pm EST.
The bomb threat was made by phone. Officers reported that the caller sounded like a female's voice. However, no information has been released as to whether or not the caller has been identified.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney, I will cover the law behind the potential crime that was committed – terroristic threats.
Terroristic Threats in Georgia
Terroristic Threats in Georgia is defined by the Georgia Code in O.C.G.A. § 16-11-37. This particular law also defines terroristic acts. Terroristic threats however is its own offense and will be charged as such when the facts line up with the elements of the offense. The law is as follows:
A person commits the offense of a terroristic threat when he or she threatens to commit any crime of violence, to release any hazardous substance, as such term is defined in Code Section 12-8-92, or to burn or damage property with the purpose of terrorizing another or of causing the evacuation of a building, place of assembly, or facility of public transportation or otherwise causing serious public inconvenience or in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or inconvenience. No person shall be convicted under this subsection on the uncorroborated testimony of the party to whom the threat is communicated.
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