The Sanders Firm, P.C.: Terrorism

The Sanders Firm, P.C. in New York City certainly understands the gravity of any terrorist act. Terrorism is a heinous crime, which attempts to destroy the foundation on which our freedoms are built. New York has been the focus for numerous acts of terrorism, including the 9/11 attacks. However, at The Sanders Firm, P.C., we also understand that in the United States every person is considered to be innocent until proven guilty and each person has a right to due process when they are charged with a criminal act.

Why Terrorism Legislation?

As noted in the legislative findings of Article 490 New York Penal Law, terrorism legislation came about as the result of many different terrorist actions, including the “recent barbaric attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon underscore the compelling need for legislation that is specifically designed to combat the evils of terrorism. Indeed, the bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, the federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, Pan Am Flight number 103 in Lockerbie in 1988, the 1997 shooting atop the Empire State Building, the 1994 murder of Ari Habersham on the Brooklyn Bridge and the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.”

All acts related to terrorism are classified as felonies with many being class A-I felonies. Both criminal use of a chemical weapon or biological weapon in the first degree and criminal possession of a chemical weapon or biological weapon in the first degree are class A-I felonies.

Soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism in the second degree is classified as a class D felony, while doing so in the first degree is a class C felony. Thus, any type of aid regarding the planning or committing of a terrorist act is unlawful. Making a threat of terrorism, which is a class D felony, is also an extremely serious offense. Hindering prosecution of terrorists in the second degree, which occurs when someone gives criminal assistance to a person who has engaged in a terrorist act, is a class C felony. When this unlawful act is in the first degree it is a class B felony.

If You Are Charged

If you are arrested in New York, The Sanders Firm, P.C. considers it essential that you protect your rights. When charged with a crime you have a basic right to due process under law. Additionally, you have the right to legal counsel. You also have the right to consult with your attorney prior to being questioning by law enforcement. You also have the right to have your lawyer present when you are being questioned.

Protecting Your Miranda Rights

If you are arrested for an act of terrorism, protect your Miranda rights and call The Sanders Firm, P.C. We will meet with you, providing you with legal counsel and working with you each step of the way to ensure your rights are preserved. In the New York criminal justice system, The Sanders Firm, P.C. is your voice for justice.