Can You Get Into Trouble for Calling in a Bomb Threat in Milwaukee?

By Carlos Gamino

If you attended high school in the United States, there’s a good chance that someone called in a bomb threat while you were there – it’s something that happens all over the country. But what you may not know is that calling in a bomb threat is a serious crime in Wisconsin, whether it’s committed by a juvenile or an adult. This guide explains.

What Happens if You Call in a Bomb Threat in Wisconsin?

Calling in a bomb threat is a felony offense. In fact, Wisconsin law calls it a bomb scare and says “Whoever intentionally conveys or causes to be conveyed any threat or false information, knowing such to be false, concerning an attempt or alleged attempt being made or to be made to destroy any property by the means of explosives is guilty of a Class I felony.”

The key there is the phrase knowing such to be false. If you reasonably suspect that there’s a bomb somewhere, call the police! This law is designed to prevent people from pulling pranks and causing panic.

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What if You’re Found Guilty of a Bomb Scare?

Because a bomb scare is a Class I felony, it comes with serious criminal penalties. The judge in your case can sentence you to up to 1 year, 6 months in prison with 2 years of extended supervision. The judge can also order you to pay fines of up to $10,000.

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What to Do if You’re Accused of Calling in a Bomb Threat

If you’re accused of calling in a bomb threat, the best course of action may be to call a Wisconsin criminal defense attorney. Your attorney will ask you what happened, find out what type of evidence the police and prosecution may have against you, and figure out what to do in order to get you the best possible outcome.

Call us at 414-383-6700 to schedule your free consultation. Our team will get the information we need to help protect your rights.

Attorney Carlos Gamino