What is a a terroristic threat?

Full Question:

A person sent me a text message stating. "we are not done. I am on my way to your job to show you that you have messed with the wrong male. Is this considered a terroristic threat?
10/26/2007   |   Category: Courts ยป Legal Defini...   |   State: Georgia   |   #11033

Answer:

The following is a statute:

16-11-37. (a) A person commits the offense of a terroristic threat when he
or....

(a) 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.

(b) A person commits the offense of a terroristic act when:

(1) He or she uses a burning or flaming cross or other burning or
flaming symbol or flambeau with the intent to terrorize another or
another's household;

(2) While not in the commission of a lawful act, he or she shoots at
or throws an object at a conveyance which is being operated or which
is occupied by passengers; or

(3) He or she releases any hazardous substance or any simulated
hazardous substance under the guise of a hazardous substance for 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.

(c) A person convicted of the offense of a terroristic threat shall
be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000.00 or by imprisonment
for not less than one nor more than five years, or both. A person
convicted of the offense of a terroristic act shall be punished by a
fine of not more than $5,000.00 or by imprisonment for not less than
one nor more than ten years, or both; provided, however, that if any
person suffers a serious physical injury as a direct result of an act
giving rise to a conviction under this Code section, the person so
convicted shall be punished by a fine of not more than $250,000.00 or
imprisonment for not less than five nor more than 40 years, or both.

(d) A person who commits or attempts to commit a terroristic threat
or act with the intent to retaliate against any person for:

(1) Attending a judicial or administrative proceeding as a witness,
attorney, judge, or party or producing any record, document, or other
object in a judicial or official proceeding; or

(2) Providing to a law enforcement officer, adult or juvenile probation
officer, prosecuting attorney, or judge any information relating to the
commission or possible commission of an offense under the laws of this
state or of the United States or a violation of conditions of bail,
pretrial release, probation, or parole shall be guilty of the offense of a
terroristic threat or act and, upon conviction thereof, shall be
punished, for a terroristic threat, by imprisonment for not less than five
nor more than ten years or by a fine of not less than $50,000.00, or
both, and, for a terroristic act, by imprisonment for not less than five
nor more than 20 years or by a fine of not less than $100,000.00, or
both.

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