Any type of threat, express or implied, can prompt accusations of extortion. Even a simple statement such as “pay up or else” can result in extortion charges leading to potentially dire consequences for an individual. Crimes that fall under the umbrella term “extortion,” such as bribery, ransom, or blackmail, are typically considered felonies and those convicted of them are often met with extremely harsh penalties. Extortion cases are often highly involved, which makes effective criminal defense difficult. Fortunately, it also opens up the doors for an experienced and skilled attorney to employ a wide array of defense strategies.
If you or a loved one has been accused of bribery, blackmail, or any other form of extortion, please contact us today at Jacoby & Meyers Criminal Defense for a free consultation with an expert criminal defense attorney who can help protect your legal rights and maximize your interests. Hiring a qualified criminal defense attorney may mean the difference between a prison sentence and dropped charges. We are highly proficient in defending those charged with a vast array of crimes, including all forms of extortion.
What is Extortion?
Extortion is the use of intimidation, coercion, or threats with the intention of gaining assets or services. It is not to be confused with lobbying, robbery, or official corruption. In cases of extortion, the victim allegedly turns over the goods or services willingly to avoid any physical harm implied by the threat. There are numerous subtypes of extortion, such as the previously mentioned blackmail, bribery and ransom.
Under state and federal criminal laws, individuals convicted of extortion may face up to 20 years in prison. Other punishments and penalties of an extortion conviction include:
- Large fines
- Jail sentence
- Community service
- Reduced career opportunity
- Forced payment of restitution to the victim
- Probation or Parole
Facing Extortion Charges?
At Jacoby & Meyers, we do everything we can to either prove your innocence or prove there is not enough evidence to lawfully convict you. If you or a loved one is under investigation or has already been charged with extortion, please contact us as soon as possible for a complimentary consultation with an aggressive criminal defense attorney who has extensive experience handling complicated extortion cases. We will carry out an exhaustive investigation of the circumstances surrounding your case to provide you with the best possible defense.