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Man Arrested For Threatening Georgia Bank Employees

Posted by Richard Lawson | Oct 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

A man has been arrested after an incident in Dunwoody.

According to employees of a local bank on Mt. Vernon Road, the man threatened to harm several of their own while attempting to transfer money.

As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will show exactly how the actions taken by the man constitute a crime her in the state of Georgia.

Terroristic Threats in Georgia

Terroristic Threats in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. §16-11-37(b) as:

A person commits the offense of a terroristic threat when he or she threatens to:

  • Commit any crime of violence;
  • Release any hazardous substance; or
  • Burn or damage property.

The threat must be made with the purpose of terrorizing another, with the purpose of causing the evacuation of a building, place of assembly, or facility of public transportation, with the purpose of otherwise causing serious public inconvenience, or in reckless disregard of the risk of causing the terror, evacuation, or inconvenience.

A person convicted of terroristic threat will be punished as a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors carry the consequences of up to one year in jail or up to $1,000 in fines, or both. However, if the threat suggested the death of the threatened individual, the person convicted will be guilty of a felony and will be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000, a prison term between one and five years, or both.

Practice Note

If a person acts on the threats involved, then they will be facing charges of Terroristic Acts in Georgia.

Contact our offices today if you are facing charges in the state of Georgia. We can help you now.

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