Juvenile Bomb Hoaxes

calling in a bomb threat at work

Teenagers and children commonly make decisions that they eventually regret. Whether it be something as simple as lying about whereabouts or skipping out on a homework assignment, these unfavorable choices have consequences. However, when your rash decision threatens the safety of others, law enforcement will get involved and see to it that you are held liable for your actions. No matter if you believed calling in a phony bomb threat would make for a solid prank, or you were pressured into doing it by a third party, law enforcement officials will see to it that you are punished accordingly. Protect your best interests by securing legal counsel from a seasoned attorney.

The Orlando juvenile bomb hoax defense lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm are experienced criminal defense attorneys who regularly represent juveniles. Although you may be underaged, state prosecutors will be relentless in making sure that you face criminal repercussions for calling in a false bomb threat. Our team of passionate attorneys is here to not only make you aware of your legal defense options but also serve as your representation throughout all legal proceedings.

What Exactly is a Bomb Hoax in Orlando?

Florida Statute § 790.163 states:   

“It is unlawful for any person to make a false report, with intent to deceive, mislead, or otherwise misinform any person, concerning the placing or planting of any bomb, dynamite, other deadly explosive, or weapon of mass destruction as defined in s. 790.166, or concerning the use of firearms in a violent manner against a person or persons.”

Depending on the nature of the alleged crime, you may face either felony or misdemeanor charges. In some cases, prosecutors even push for underaged individuals to be charged as an adult which is highly unfavorable as the penalty threshold drastically increases. What many people fail to realize, however, is that there’s a high chance that they committed multiple offenses in the commission of a bomb hoax. Some of the most common include:

  • Filing a false police report
  • Lying to law enforcement
  • Making a false alarm of fire by activating an alarm

Each additional crime tacks on charges and increases the risk of you facing severe criminal penalties.

Penalties for Making a False Bomb Report

Making a false bomb report is a second-degree felony in Florida punishable by:

  • Up to 15 years in prison; or
  • Up to 15 years probation; and
  • Up to $10,000 in fines

Law enforcement will have to do more than merely accuse you of committing the crime to get a conviction. In the U.S., the accused is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Florida Statute § 790.164(1) states that the prosecution must prove the following four elements beyond a reasonable doubt to get a conviction:

  • You made a false report to someone concerning the placing or planting of any bomb, dynamite, other deadly explosive, or weapon of mass destruction
  • The property was owned by the state
  • You knew the report was false
  • The report intended to mislead, deceive, or misinform

Failure to prove any of these elements can result in charges being lessened or even dropped altogether. However, this is best accomplished with the help of a criminal defense attorney with a wealth of experience defending juveniles facing severe criminal charges.

Get Help from an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney

The Orlando juvenile bomb hoax defense lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm have over 100 years of combined experience. Our team consists of former state and local prosecutors who have a thorough understanding of how prosecutors will try a case and can use that knowledge to craft a resolute defense to all charges you face. Don’t allow one unfortunate decision to have a lasting effect on you and your loved ones. Contact us today at 407-228-3838 for a free case evaluation.