What Is Extortion?
Extortion is the crime of taking property from someone by threatening a victim's family or property, or by false claim of right, which is claiming ownership of or authority over the property. An example of extortion would be demanding payment from a victim by threatening to harm their property or family if payment is not given. Extortion is different than robbery, which involves the use of force or the threat of force to the actual victim.
What Are Possible Consequences of Extortion?
If a person is convicted of extortion, they could face a variety of penalties, including:
When determining a defendant's sentence for a conviction of extortion, a judge often takes a number of factors into consideration, such as:
- Whether the defendant has a previous criminal record
- Whether or not the defendant is currently on probation or parole
What Should I Do If I Have Been Accused of Extortion?
If you are accused of extortion you should speak to a lawyer immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses, and the complicated criminal legal system. A competent criminal defense lawyer can effectively defend you against the charges.
What Should I Do as a Victim of Extortion?
If you are a victim of extortion, you should call the police. If there is sufficient evidence that extortion has been committed against you, the police will forward your case to the local district attorney's office. A deputy district attorney from that office will then prosecute the person who committed extortion against you and possibly obtain restitution from the defendant for you.
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Last Modified: 01-28-2014 11:49 AM PST
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