One of the least charged violent crimes in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania is Terrorism. murder Since the attacks on the world trade center on September 11th in New York, many states have added statues that revolve around terrorism. In the state of Pennsylvania, terrorism is defined under section 2717 of the Pa criminal code. It states that a person can be found guilty of terrorism if they commit a violent act with the intention of doing the following three provisions. First provision is, if they commit a violent act with the intention to intimidate or coerce a civilian population. Next, if they intend to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion. Lastly, if they intend to affect the conduct of a government. The key to this statute is the intention behind the violent act. The government bears the burden of proving that the individual committed the violent act with the intention of doing any of the mentioned provisions.
The violent crimes statute of terrorism also serves, in some ways, as an enhancement to a violation. Many statutes already cover other violent acts committed during the terroristic event. simple assault Due to the inherent violent nature of terroristic events, the penalties of the statue are steep. If the violent act was a second or third degree misdemeanor or felony, the terroristic enhancement would bump it up a grade. For instance, simple assault in most cases is a misdemeanor of the second degree but would be bumped up to a misdemeanor of the first degree if also found in violation of the terrorism statue. If, however, the violent act that was committed was a felony of the first degree, an automatic sentence of up to 40 years incarcerated will be imposed. Because of the serious nature and harsh penalties that can be imposed if found guilty of violating this statute, it is important to seek legal representation. The attorneys at the Bellwoar Kelly, LLPare experienced attorneys who will help fight to get the best possible outcome given the facts of your case.