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What is the definition of terrorism in the United States?

Being accused of terrorism is quite serious in these times. In fact, many instances of terrorism are handled at a federal level. The definition of terrorism is found in the U.S. Code. Anyone who is facing federal terrorism charges might need some quick information about their charges.

What are the two types of terrorism?

The U.S. Code differentiates two types of terrorism. One of these is domestic terrorism, which occurs primarily within the jurisdictional bounds of the United States. The other is international terrorism, which occurs primarily outside of the jurisdictional bounds of our country.

What are some of the elements that must be present in terrorism cases?

One element that must be present in both international and domestic terrorism cases is that the acts must have violated state or federal laws and been dangerous to human life. Another element is that the acts must appear to have been intended to target the policy of the government, civilians or the conduct of the government through intimidation or coercion. This can include kidnapping, mass destruction or assassination.

This is only basic information that applies to federal terrorism charges, so if you are facing terrorism allegations on the state level, you will have to investigate how the state charges apply to your case. Whether you are facing state charges or federal charges, it's a very serious situation that can lead to your incarceration, fines and other penalties. Once you know what charges are pending against you, it's time to work toward building a defense that addresses the points that are being used in the case against you.

Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation, "Terrorism," accessed April 08, 2016

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