House Bill 1113 went into effect on October 1, 2015. This bill outlines a new definition for the meaning of “terroristic threats” in Florida, and provides guidelines for restitution that will be paid in the event that threats are made. This could affect any person charged with making terroristic threats in the state.
Many are unaware of the broad meaning of the label “terroristic threats.” A person can be charged with making a terroristic threat if they state that they intend or wish to bring harm to an individual, building, public or private property or facility. Most would not assume that threats to individuals or private property would fall under the meaning of “terrorism,” but both are included in the definition. The profession now provided by House Bill 1113 states that an individual must communicate specified acts.
When a person makes terroristic threats that involve an entire building or area, emergency management officials may evacuate that place of work, education, recreation or other public facility. This can be extremely costly, as evacuation often involves multiple resources and a large amount of personnel. House Bill 1113 states that individuals who are charged with the crime will be required to pay restitution to cover these great expenses. This provision does not preclude civil action relief recovery.
Terroristic threats are taken very seriously in the state of Florida, as they are around the country. If you have any additional questions or concerns about this bill, speaking to an experienced attorney might be beneficial to help you understand your rights.