Extortion is a serious crime that involves obtaining something, usually money or property, through force or threats. This can take many forms, such as threatening to harm someone or their loved ones unless they comply with your demands, threatening to reveal embarrassing or damaging information about someone unless they do something for you, or using your position of power or influence to coerce someone into giving you something. In the United States, extortion is a federal crime and can be punished by imprisonment and fines. Therefore, if you have been accused of extortion in Staten Island, it is important to seek the defense counsel of experienced criminal lawyers as soon as possible.
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The potential consequences of an extortion conviction can be severe and depend on your case’s specific circumstances and your criminal history. Under state law, extortion is generally a class D felony, which can carry a prison sentence of up to seven years. However, if the extortion involves a public servant, such as a police officer or government official, the crime is classified as a class C felony, which can carry a prison sentence of up to 15 years.
A conviction for extortion can also result in fines and other penalties, such as a criminal record, which can impact your employment and other aspects of your life. Therefore, it is important to seek the counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney if you have been accused of extortion to understand the potential consequences of a conviction and to develop a defense strategy to protect your rights and interests.
An experienced criminal defense attorney can provide valuable assistance in defending against extortion charges. Some specific ways in which an attorney can help with your extortion case include:
There are several potential defenses that an experienced criminal defense attorney may use to defend against an extortion charge. Some common defenses include:
A: Extortion and blackmail are often used interchangeably, but they are two different crimes. Extortion involves obtaining something through force or threats, while blackmail involves threatening to reveal embarrassing or damaging information about someone unless they do something for you.
A: Yes, you can be charged with extortion even if you never actually carried out the threat. In some cases, simply making a threat can be enough to be charged with extortion.
A: No, demanding payment for services that were already provided is not extortion. However, if you are threatening to withhold services or take other action unless payment is made, you could potentially be charged with extortion.
A: Yes, you can be charged with extortion even if the person you are threatening is not actually afraid of the threat. To be convicted of extortion, the prosecutor must prove that you intended to obtain something through force or threats, not that the person you were threatening was afraid of the threat. Speak with an experienced Staten Island criminal defense attorney to understand the specific charges against you and to develop a defense strategy.
If you have been charged with extortion, it is important to obtain legal help soon. The attorneys at The Vitaliano Law Firm are experienced in defending against extortion charges and will fight to ensure that your rights are protected. Contact us today for a consultation.