Extortion is the crime of wrongfully obtaining money or property through oral or written threats. Typical examples include threats to physically harm the victim or someone close to the victim, threats to damage the victim’s property, and threats to ruin the victim’s reputation – also called "blackmail." Extortion is a felony offense in all states. Criminal penalties might include imprisonment, fines, property forfeiture, and restitution to the victim.
Possible defenses to extortion include:
If you have been accused of extortion, you should contact an experienced criminal law attorney right away. Whether one of the above defenses applies will depend on the circumstances of your case. An experienced attorney will be able to analyze your situation and determine the best defenses to pursue.
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