Terrorism is a term that is unfortunately all too common in our nation’s vernacular. Most people picture the types of attacks that brought down the World Trade Center when thinking about terrorism. However, there are a number of acts, which could be considered as terroristic under Arizona state law. Allegations of such acts and threats may result in serious criminal charges for you, and others throughout the state.
Under Arizona state law, terrorism is defined as knowingly or intentionally engaging in terroristic acts. This includes participating in the organization, management, direction, supervision or financing of such acts. Furthermore, you could also be charged with terrorism if you are alleged to have solicited, incited or induced others to promote or further terroristic acts. Without lawful authority, or in excess of your authority, manufacturing, possessing, using, displaying, delivering, selling or exercising control over a weapon of mass destruction, may also constitute a terroristic act.
In addition to involvement with weapons of mass destruction, you could also be charged with terrorism if you are involved with radiological agents or infectious biological substances. This includes possessing, manufacturing, selling or distributing such substances for the purpose of injuring others through their release. Participating in the destruction or damage of materials, equipment or facilities that are involved in the sale, manufacturing, storage or distribution of these types of materials could also be construed as a terroristic act under Arizona state law.
With few exceptions, terrorism is classified as a class two felony offense in the state of Arizona. If you are convicted of this charge, you may be sentenced to life in prison. In the event that you do not receive a life sentence, state law stipulates that you must serve at least 25 years. There is no possibility of early release if you are convicted of terrorism in Arizona.
While this information should not be considered legal advice, it may help you to understand what qualifies as terrorism in the state of Arizona.