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What actions are considered terrorism?

Acts of terrorism are considered criminal activities across the country. Not only are there federal definitions of terrorism that are found in the U.S. Code, but states also have specific definitions of terrorism. Arizona state law has very specific definitions regarding terrorism. Individuals who are facing terrorism charges of any sort should ensure they have a complete understanding of the laws that pertain to their case.

Are there different types of terrorism?

The U.S. Code sets forth definitions for two specific types of terrorism -- international and domestic. International terrorism has to do with terrorism that transcends national boundaries or occurs outside of the jurisdiction of the United States. Domestic terrorism has to do with terrorism that occurs within the United States jurisdictional territory.

What types of actions are considered terrorism?

Generally, acts of terrorism are those that pose a danger to human life. These acts can involve physical violence, as well as acts using radiological, biological, or infectious substance to do harm or threaten harm. It is important to note that treats of terroristic acts are also illegal. This means that it is illegal to attempt to coerce individuals to do something based on the threat of a terroristic event if they don't comply with your demands.

In Arizona, acts of terrorism are considered felonies. These charges can lead to time in prison if you are convicted. You can also face incarceration if you are convicted of a federal terrorism charge. With that in mind, you can certainly understand why it is so important to fight back when you are charged with any terrorism-related charges.

Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation, "Definitions of Terrorism in the U.S. Code," accessed March 14, 2016

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