March 4th, 2016 marked the third time this year that North Jersey high schools were disrupted by a spate of bomb threats later determined to be non-credible. The most recent targets include high schools in Cliffside Park, Englewood, Fort Lee, Hackensack, Haledon, Kearny, Little Falls, Nutley, Mahwah, Paramus, Paterson, Ramsey, Teaneck, and Waldwick. The threats were relayed via telephone calls by an automated voice, commonly referred to as robocalls.
The Bergen County and Passaic County Prosecutor’s Offices are working with local law enforcement and the FBI to investigate the threats, but the the use of robocalls makes it difficult to track the calls. The authorities have not yet identified the perpetrator, although they believe all the incidents are related. Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli has alluded to taking a hard line against the individual or individuals responsible, stating, “The only way to make this stop is to effect arrests.”
Bomb threats are treated very seriously in New Jersey, even if they are hoaxes. A person who makes a fake bomb threat may be charged with creating a false public alarm (N.J.S.A. 2C:33-3) and/or with making a terroristic threat (N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3). Both charges carry a range of consequences including prison time, fines, and a permanent criminal record.
If you, your child, or a loved one has been charged with making a false bomb threat, contact Adam H. Rosenblum of the Rosenblum Law Firm for a free consultation. Mr. Rosenblum is a skilled New Jersey defense attorney with over 20 years of experience and will fight to have any charges against you dismissed. E-mail or call him today at 888-979-7551.