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What is Extortion?
Attaining money or property by threat to a victims property or loved ones, intimidation, or false claim of pretending to be of someone else other than you is. It is a felony in all states, except that a straight threat to damage the victim is usually treated as the crime of robbery. Blackmail is a form of extortion in which the threat is to expose and release embarrassing, damaging information to family, friends or the general public. Defending those accused of extortion criminal charges is where Wise Laws stands out from the rest. Our affiliated lawyers of Wise Laws have extensive experience combined with an intimate understanding of extortion legal issues that gives you an advantage in court, where it counts the most.
Extortion Using Blackmail
Blackmail is extortion by threatening an additional person’s reputation or organization with the disclosure of harmful or secret information that would be damaging to that person if released. The information to be released may be true or false. The disclosure of the information does not have to be criminal nor does the offender actually have to receive money or property for the act to be deemed extortion.
Extortion Using Bribery
Bribery is an additional type of extortion. Bribery is the crime of giving money or something of value to influence the conduct of a person in a position of trust. Accepting a bribe also constitutes a crime.
Individuals who are charged with extortion may face serious penalties:
- Heavy fines (in some cases, as much as $10,000)
- Prison sentence
- Probation or parole
- Restitution for the victims
How Can A Lawyer Help Your Extortion Case?
If you have been charged with extortion, an aggressive legal defense could mean the difference between a lengthy prison sentence and an acquittal. At Wise Laws, our lawyers have experience handling complicated extortion cases in and out of the courtroom. Wise Laws affiliated lawyers can look into the charges against you, interview witnesses, and negotiate with prosecutors. Depending on the circumstances of the case, our affiliated extortion attorneys may be able to have the charges against you reduced and, in some cases, even dismissed.