Extortion Defense Lawyers
Extortion is a crime whereby someone obtains something, usually goods or services, by using threats. There are many different types of threats that can be used to commit extortion including threatening to reveal secrets which could cause damage to a person’s public reputation or to the reputation of their business, thereby causing financial losses. Extortion can also include threats to do future injury or to accuse the victim of a felony. When the threat involves bodily harm, the difference between extortion and robbery is that when someone commits robbery the threat is of immediate physical injury; in extortion, the injury is not immediate, but can be of some harm in the indeterminate future. Anyone who is suspected for crimes of extortion needs a strong criminal defense in order to dismiss or reduce the charges brought against them.
It is considered extortion for a public servant to demand or receive money that is not due to them through legal means. Law enforcement officers can be guilty of extortion if they accept fees greater than those allowed or if they arrest someone with corrupt intentions and demand money or other material goods. Receiving money or property is a key element to all crimes of extortion. The use of fear or authority is a common means by which crimes of extortion are committed.
Extortion is a federal crime. Crimes of extortion which fall under federal jurisdiction typically include extortion against a government official or extortion through the use of the U.S. mail service. Those who are convicted could be sentenced to up to 20 years in federal prison. In addition to jail, there is also the possibility of large fines and civil action. Extortion is not a criminal offense that can be taken lightly. If you receive any charges or allegations of extortion contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are being protected.
Our criminal defense attorneys are prepared to defend our clients against any charges of extortion. We will devote all of the firm’s resources to protecting your rights. Our criminal defense attorneys have experience in federal courts and can provide a full defense against crimes of extortion no matter what law enforcement agencies or powers of prosecution have been brought against you. We will defend against even the most serious charges of extortion which may include:
- Extortion involving government officials
- Threats of serious injury or death
- Extortion of large sums of money
Our criminal defense team is ready to devote the resources necessary to successfully defend against complex cases of extortion. If you are under investigation or have been charged with extortion contact our criminal defense attorneys as soon as possible to arrange a consultation.