Section 13A-10-196

Possession, distribution, etc., of hoax device represented as destructive device or weapon.

(a) It shall be unlawful for a person to manufacture, possess, transport, or distribute a hoax device or replica of a destructive device, detonator, or bacteriological or biological weapon with the intent to cause another to reasonably believe that the hoax device or replica of a destructive device or bacteriological or biological weapon is a destructive device, detonator, or bacteriological or biological weapon.

(b) A person convicted of a violation of subsection (a) shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. If the defendant is a corporation or other entity, the corporation or other entity shall be fined not less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) nor more than five thousand dollars ($5,000). The corporation or other entity may also be sentenced to perform not less than 1,000 hours of community service nor more than 5,000 hours of community service.

(c) It shall be unlawful for a person listed in subsection (a) to communicate or transmit to another that the hoax device or replica of a destructive device or detonator is a destructive device, detonator, or bacteriological or biological weapon with the intent to obtain the property of another person or to interfere with the ability of another person to carry on the ordinary course of business, trade, education, or government.

(d) A person convicted of a violation of subsection (c) shall be guilty of a Class C felony. If the defendant is a corporation or other entity, the corporation or other entity shall be fined not less than twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) nor more than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000). The corporation or other entity may also be sentenced to perform not less than 2,500 nor more than 7,500 hours of community service for each hoax device or replica of a destructive device, detonator, or bacteriological or biological weapon.

(Act 2009-718, p. 2115, §7.)