Los Angeles Terrorism Charge Lawyers
Terrorism is the use of violence or the threat of violence against civilians or government officials in pursuit of political goals. This is an extremely broad category of offenses that may include various types of criminal activities.
In the past few decades, state and federal lawmakers have dramatically expanded the tools that law enforcement agencies have at their disposal to prevent and prosecute domestic terrorism. And penalties have been increased in many instances to include capital punishment and lifetime prison sentences.
If you’ve been charged with domestic terrorism in Los Angeles, the full weight of state, local, and federal law enforcement will come crashing down on you. In these cases, zealous federal prosecutors with limitless resources will do everything they can to put you behind bars.
The most important thing to remember is: Don’t say anything to investigators or prosecutors until you’ve met with an experienced Los Angeles domestic terrorism attorney.
At Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP, our nationally recognized trial lawyers have prevailed in several high-stakes cases against federal prosecutors. We won’t be intimidated by anybody.
Our team provides the skilled counsel you need to get a favorable outcome. Call (213) 688-0460 to learn more today.
Using provisions of the Hertzberg-Alacrom California Prevention of Terrorism Act, the PATRIOT ACT, and other federal statutes, prosecutors and law enforcement agencies now have expanded capabilities and resources to prosecute people charged with domestic terrorism.
All the enforcement and surveillance powers afforded to federal agencies to combat drug trafficking and organized crime cases are now available to fight domestic terrorism.
Any act of violence meant to intimidate governments or civilians into changing their behavior could be labelled as domestic terrorism.
Groups or entities that may become the target of domestic terrorism include:
- Religious groups
- Political organizations
- Ethnic groups
- State, private, or federal buildings
- Natural resources
- Public utilities
- Civilian populations
A key component of terrorism charges is the objective of spreading fear to get people to change their behavior. You don’t need to harm someone to be convicted of terrorist activity. Threatening to harm someone to gain a political objective can be classified as an act of terrorism. And you may be also charged with planning a terrorist act or abetting terrorist activity before or after the fact.
Terrorism frequently involves attacking civilian targets. Action for which a person may be charged or convicted of terrorism include:
- Mass destruction
- Biological attacks
- Chemical attacks
- Detonating bombs
- Harboring a terrorist
- Spreading radioactive materials
- Possession of bomb-making materials
- Possession of biological or chemical weapons
- Possessing, sharing, or transmitting plans for a committing terrorist act
- Providing financial or logistical assistance to someone who commits a terror attack
Although state and federal agents may work together, domestic terrorism will probably be prosecuted in federal court. That means the Department of Justice (DOJ) will be working in unison with the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and other federal agencies to convict the defendant.
Federal prosecutors advance their careers by winning these types of high-profile cases. And if they’re successful, you could face:
- Excessive fines
- Permanent felon status
- Destruction of your personal reputation
- Revocation of a professional license
- Loss of flying privileges
- Passport revocation
- Damage to your immigration status
- Life in prison without parole
- The death penalty
Our Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys at Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP are nationally recognized for winning tough cases against federal prosecutors. We don’t back down to anybody.
Our team will investigate the charges against you and provide skilled counsel to help you get a favorable outcome. Call (213) 688-0460 to meet with our award-winning trial attorneys. At Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP, we’re on your side.
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