What is Extortion?
Extortion is the crime of taking property from someone by the use of threats to a victim's family or property, or by false claim of right (claim of ownership or authority). 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.
The Consequences of Extortion Include
- Other consequences of a felony conviction
Factors for Determining the Severity of Punishment
- Previous criminal record
- Whether or not on probation
What Can You Do if You are 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 legal system. A criminal defense lawyer can effectively defend you against the charges.
Victims of Extortion
If you are a victim of extortion you should call the police. If there is sufficient evidence, the police will forward your case to the District Attorney's office to prosecute the person who committed the crime against you.
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Last Modified: 07-22-2009 03:03 PM PDT