What do you do after being falsely accused of a bomb threat? 42 Answers as of June 26, 2013

Can employers really do this? Can I go to prison for something like this?

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Austin Legal Services, PLC
Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
The prosecutor will have to prove that you were the one doing it. Yes, it is a crime to report false bomb threats.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/24/2011
Law Offices of John J. Connors, Esq.
Law Offices of John J. Connors, Esq. | John J. Connors, Esq.
Only a competent lawyer can give you specific advice. The attorney would have to look over all reports and statements and evaluate your case. Yes you can go to jail for threats. That does not mean that you will be convicted or even if convicted, serve any time. Each case is specific.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Replied: 8/23/2011
Law Office of Phillip Weiser
Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
If those accusations result in criminal charges, you would need to consult with an attorney to protect your rights.
Answer Applies to: Kansas
Replied: 8/22/2011
Law Office of Geoffrey M. Yaryan
Law Office of Geoffrey M. Yaryan | Geoffrey M. Yaryan
Only if convicted.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/26/2013
Law Offices of Jeffery A. Cojocar, PC
Law Offices of Jeffery A. Cojocar, PC | Jeffery A. Cojocar
Yes.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/9/2013
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    Do not talk to anyone about the claim. Get an attorney right away.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/20/2011
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    You should consult with counsel about your specific situation. YoIt can be charged as a criminal offense and, as a result, no statements should be made until you have legal counsel.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    Yes. Hire a good attorney and investigator.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/9/2013
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
    As in any case, a person can be charged if there is evidence to believe that a crime was committed. The question is whether or not the charges can be proven at trial beyond a reasonable doubt. The evidence needs to be evaluated with yoru attorney to determine whether a trial is appropriate or whether a different disposition is possible/appropriate. All criminal charges have a possibility of jail time. Your case would need to be evaluated, beginning with an understanding of the charges, together with the variables concerning the offense and your prior convictions to determine whether or not jail time would be likely at the time of any sentencing. You should consider hiring an attorney to represent you in this matter to discuss all of these things. I hope that this was helpful.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Shane Law Office
    Shane Law Office | Robert J. Shane
    The best thing to do would be not to make any statements to the police or other persons. There is always a risk of a jail sentence on a felony level offense. Please contact me for a free phone consultation.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Law Office of Andrew Subin
    Law Office of Andrew Subin | Andrew Subin
    I need more detail to answer this question properly, but yes, you can go to prison for a bomb threat.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
    Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
    If your employer files criminal charges you should hire an attorney to defend you to avoid the possibility of going to jail if you get convicted. If your employer has not terminated your employment already,he may doso, and if he does you should hire an attorney because you may have a case for wrongful termination.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    You should retain an experienced criminal attorney when you are arrested or accused of any crime. If you cannot afford one the court will appoint an attorney to represent you. If you were falsely accused they will not have sufficient evidence to prove that you committed the crime. Innocent people are often accused of crimes, but if they refuse to answer questions, get an attorney, and follow the attorney's advice they will almost never be convicted of a crime.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Law Office of Roianne H. Conner
    Law Office of Roianne H. Conner | Roianne Houlton Conner
    If you are convicted you could go to jail. You need an attorney to represent you in this matter.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    There are facts missing that I need to know. What did you do to make someone think you made a bomb threat? Was it reported to the police? What was the result of the bomb threat? Employers can report any threat to the police. It is then up to the police to determine evaluate the evidence and if they think there is enough probable cause they can make a report to the DA. The DA decides if the case should go forward and if so they file charges.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Goolsby Law Office
    Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
    We recommend you retain a criminal lawyer ASAP because you potentially face serious consequences from this felony offense. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Harden Law Offices
    Harden Law Offices | Leonard D. Harden
    If you have been charged, do not talk to anybody and contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately. I don't know the details of your situation, but it sounds serious.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    Can employers really do this? Anyone can make a false accusation Can I go to prison for something like this? Making a bomb threat, yes You clearly need defense counsel and we can represent you.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
    It is a serious charge. You might want to consult an attorney before any action is taken by the police.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    If you are under investigation or have been arrested for making a bomb threat you need to immediately secure legal counsel. Yes, you can go to prison for making a bomb threat. Yes, anyone can make an allegation of criminal wrongdoing. The Court,through a jury trial or bench trialdecides whether youguilty or innocent.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    The real question is, have charges been filed against you by the prosecuting attorney? Until the prosecutor files charges there is nothing you really have to do.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Michael D. Fluke, P.A.
    Michael D. Fluke, P.A. | Michael D. Fluke
    Depending on the circumstances, you can be incarcerated for a false bomb threat. The question becomes what proof is there of this alleged threat and what were the circumstances. I suggest you consult an experienced Criminal Defense attorney to discuss your case in greater detail and learn all of your rights and options. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Defend whatever criminal charges are brought against you. CAN they charge you? Of course, such threats are felonies. You’ll learn the actual charge[s] filed against you when you appear for arraignment at your first court hearing. What can you do? Hire an attorney, unless you know how to effectively represent yourself in court against a professional prosecutor intending to convict. No amount of free 'tips and hints' from here or anywhere else are going to effectively help you in your defense, other than the advice to exercise the 5th Amendment right to SHUT UP and do NOT talk to police or ANYONE about the case except an attorney. That includes on this or any other web site or public forum. Most police and prosecutors will happily tell you that 95% of people convict themselves by trying to be 'helpful and cooperative', either during initial contact, questioning, interview or interrogation. Of course you can fight the charges. When arrested or charged with any crime, the proper questions are, can any evidence obtained in a test, search or confession be used against you, and can you be convicted, and what can you do? Raise all possible defenses with whatever admissible and credible witnesses, evidence, facts and sympathies are available for legal arguments, for evidence suppression or other motions, or at trial. You certainly face potential jail and fines, so handle it right. No amount of free 'tips and hints' from here or anywhere else are going to effectively help you in your defense. Not exactly a do it yourself project in court for someone who does not know how to effectively represent himself against a professional prosecutor intending to convict and jail you. If you don't know how to do these things effectively, then hire an attorney that does, who will try to get a dismissal, diversion, reduction or other decent outcome through plea bargain, or take it to trial if appropriate.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Frances R. Johnson
    Frances R. Johnson | Frances R. Johnson
    A person can be charged with making a false report. Whether prison is a possibility depends upon the seriousness of the circumstances, prior criminal history, etc.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Michael R. Nack, Attorney at Law
    Michael R. Nack, Attorney at Law | Michael R. Nack
    Yes and yes. You probably need to hire an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 6/9/2013
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    If you are falsey accused and you get charged or the police call to talk to you about the issue, you need a lawyer immediately. Do not talk to anyone any further about this without a lawyer's direct advice. If you made a bomb threat, then at a minimum it could be charged as a terroristic threat. Here is the statute: 22.07. TERRORISTIC THREAT. (a) A person commits an offense if he threatens to commit any offense involving violence to any person or property with intent to: (1) cause a reaction of any type to his threat by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies; (2) place any person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury; (3) prevent or interrupt the occupation or use of a building; room; place of assembly; place to which the public has access; place of employment or occupation; aircraft, automobile, or other form of conveyance; or other public place; (4) cause impairment or interruption of public communications, public transportation, public water, gas, or power supply or other public service; (5) place the public or a substantial group of the public in fear of serious bodily injury; or (6) influence the conduct or activities of a branch or agency of the federal government, the state, or a political subdivision of the state. [EDITOR'S NOTE: It seems that the Texas Legislature passed two different versions of subsection (b).] (b) An offense under Subdivision (1) or (2) of Subsection (a) is a Class B misdemeanor, except that an offense under Subdivision (2) of Subsection (a) is a Class A misdemeanor if the offense is committed against a member of the person's family or household or otherwise constitutes family violence or if the offense is committed against a public servant. An offense under Subdivision (3) of Subsection (a) is a Class A misdemeanor. An offense under Subdivision (4), (5), or (6) of Subsection (a) is a felony of the third degree. (b) An offense under Subdivision (1) or (2) of Subsection (a) is a Class B misdemeanor. An offense under Subdivision (3) of Subsection (a) is a Class A misdemeanor, unless the actor causes pecuniary loss of $1,500 or more to the owner of the building, room, place, or conveyance, in which event the offense is a state jail felony. An offense under Subdivision (4), (5), or (6) of Subsection (a) is a felony of the third degree. [EDITOR'S NOTE: It seems that the Texas Legislature passed two different versions of subsection (c).] (c) In this section: (1) "Family" has the meaning assigned by Section 71.003, Family Code. (2) "Family violence" has the meaning assigned by Section 71.004, Family Code. (3) "Household" has the meaning assigned by Section 71.005, Family Code. (c) The amount of pecuniary loss under Subsection (b) is the amount of economic loss suffered by the owner of the building, room, place, or conveyance as a result of the prevention or interruption of the occupation or use of the building, room, place, or conveyance.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 8/19/2011
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum | Edward J. Blum
    You need to hire a lawyer and fight it. The police, the prosecutors, the judge; none of these people are going to protect your rights. You need someone who knows at least as much as the people trying to put you in jail on your side trying to keep you out. Call me, I can help you with this.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/18/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Of course you can. It is a case of he said she said. If they believe the employer and not you, anything is possible, including felony/prison.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/18/2011
    Law Offices of James A Bates
    Law Offices of James A Bates | James A Bates
    First, you do not answer any questions posed by police. You obtain a lawyer who will investigate the charges and advise you of your next move.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/18/2011
    Watkins Law Office
    Watkins Law Office | Bob Watkins
    You can be charged if there is sufficient evidence. If convicted you could go to jail.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 8/18/2011
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    Sure you can go to prison. If you've been arrested then you need a lawyer to help you defend yourself.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/18/2011
    The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady
    The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady | Kevin O'Grady
    Whenever you are accused of a crime, especially one as serious as a bomb threat or any allegation of future violence, you need to protect yourself. Hire an attorney and when the police try to question you demand to see your attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Hawaii
    Replied: 8/18/2011
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    That would depend on the evidence against you and the allegations. Some general guidelines for dealing with the police are 1. Be polite but firm. 2. Remain silent except to assert your rights. 3. Assert your right to an attorney. 4. Assert your right to remain silent. 5. Hire an attorney early on before you're charged. 6. Let the attorney talk to the authorities. 7. Cooperate with your attorney. There are a lot of people in prison today because they couldn't keep their mouths shut or wanted to tell "their side of the story." Do not join them in their folly and fate.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/18/2011
    John Segelbaum, P.S.
    John Segelbaum, P.S. | John Segelbaum
    You could go to jail if convicted of making a bomb threat. You need an attorney to defend you against this serious accusation. If someone made a false accusation against you, you might be able to sue them for damages.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/18/2011
    Law Office of Kathryn L. Hudson
    Law Office of Kathryn L. Hudson | Kathryn L. Hudson
    There needs to be more than just an accusation. Bomb threats are serious crimes and require proof, not just someone's word. If formal charges are filed you will need an attorney to get between you and the state.
    Answer Applies to: Arkansas
    Replied: 8/18/2011
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC | Martina A. Vigil
    If you are being charged with a felony and you are found guilty you can do prison time on this offense. You should hire an attorney immediately.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/18/2011
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    Although anything is possible, and you have not provided me with more information, your employers would need more than their words to establish probable cause to have you arrested for this crime. They would need verifiable proof of the threat, either a written note by you, a video or audio tape of you making the threat. Lacking this type of evidence, I doubt seriously that any law enforcement agency or prosecutor would approve charges against you.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 8/18/2011
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law | Gregory Casale
    Calling in a false bomb threat is a very serious crime post 9/11. People do go to jail for false bomb threats these days. 12 years ago, you would not have even been arrested, most likely. But today, with all of the tension associated with bombs and all the fear and terror that people go through believing that they be a subject to a bomb explosion, these once minor crimes are no longer taken lightly at all. If you have been charged with calling in a false bomb threat, I would absolutely advise you to hire an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 8/18/2011
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    I am confused by your question and the details you have given. Did you make the bomb threat? If so, then absolutely, this is a chargeable offense, even if the threat had no merit. Your employer can certainly fire you for making such a threat. If on the other hand someone accused you , and you didn't do it, then there should be nothing to worry about. Perhaps you may want to re-state your question.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/18/2011
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
    Get a lawyer ASAP. These are very serious and can be treated as terrorism cases.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/18/2011
    Rothstein Law PLLC
    Rothstein Law PLLC | Eric Rothstein
    You get a criminal defense attorney asap. That's a very serious charge.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/18/2011
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