If you have reason to believe that you may be the subject of a criminal investigation on suspicion of committing terrorist acts, plotting terrorism, or supporting terrorist activities, you are in an extremely delicate situation. You may be under surveillance, both physical and electronic, and the actions you take and statements you make could further incriminate you and lead to an arrest, detention, and conviction. Make it your first action to contact us at Okabe & Haushalter for help from a team that includes a former prosecutor and a former public defender. Our attorneys are leading authorities in the field of Fourth Amendment law, meaning that we have an exhaustive understanding of the legal rights that may be your only protection against the dire consequences you now face. Contact us for a confidential case evaluation where we can privately discuss the matter and review your options for addressing the situation.
Terrorism is a federal criminal offense, which is generally investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI maintains several antiterrorism operations including the Joint Terrorism Task Forces, the National Counterterrorism Center, the Terrorist Screening Center, and the Terrorism Fly Team. Locally, offenses of this nature are investigated by the FBI Las Vegas Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes more than 40 representatives from local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies who follow up on terrorism leads, develop and investigate cases, provide support for special events, and proactively identify state and national threats.
The FBI lists leading examples of domestic terrorism as including hate crimes, eco-terrorism animal rights extremism, and membership in “sovereign citizen” movements, as well as participation in anarchist, anti-government extremist, militia, and separatist groups. They are also currently placing special attention on “lone wolfs,” individuals who are “driven to hateful attacks based on a particular set of beliefs without a larger group’s knowledge or support”
The War on Terror has resulted in a gradual erosion of civil liberties; it is often exceedingly difficult to combat criminal charges of terrorism. For example, the Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act includes provisions that make it easier for law enforcement agencies to gather intelligence concerning suspected terrorists, regulate financial transactions, and detain / deport immigrants. It also provides for roving wiretap orders that do not have to name the person or facility to be tapped, searches of business records for evidence of supporting terrorist activities, and surveillance of lone wolves. The orders for surveillance and investigation are obtained in secret courts, and the suspect frequently will not know they’re being tracked until it is too late. Another important law, the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, includes sections that allow the indefinite detention without trial of American terrorism suspects arrested on U.S. soil.
Under U.S. Code Title 18 §2331, domestic terrorism is defined as any type of act that is dangerous to human life and a violation of the criminal laws of the U.S. or any state, when such act occurs primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S. and appears to be intended to:
The penalties range up to life in prison or even the death sentence. You may be prosecuted for carrying out an act of terrorism, as well as for any attempts to carry out such acts or conspiracy to engage in terrorism. There are other federal terrorism offenses, such as engaging in financial transactions with governments of countries believed to be supporters of international terrorism.
Whether a loved one has been arrested or if you are currently yourself under investigation, do not wait another moment before contacting our office for a free consultation. You cannot safely discuss the situation with anyone but your criminal defense lawyer since your communications may be under surveillance and the things you say could be used as evidence against you. Let us advise you of strategies to avoid further self-incrimination and represent you with the authorities to seek a favorable resolution of your case. Contact us immediately for the help you need.