Extortion Defense Attorney, Sacramento CA
Extortion, also known as “blackmail” is a serious crime that can be punishable by imprisonment, fines, community service, restitution or a variety of the sort. White-collar was first defined by Edwin Sutherland in 1939 who said it was a “crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation”. In fact, a lot of politicians, sports stars and celebrities are frequent targets of extortion. No extortion case is ever the same so it’s best to contact an experienced attorney who can help you.
In California, extortion is defined as using force or threats to compel another person to give you money or other property, using force or threats to compel a public officer to perform an official act or if you are a public official, acting under color of your official right to compel another person to give you money or other property. Extortion is usually considered a felony in California and can be brought in a wide variety of scenarios. For example, a real estate developer who threatens to expose a city council member’s affair to the media if he or she does not vote to approve a project the developer wants to build. Another example is a daughter threatening to accuse her father of child abuse if he doesn’t give her money.
Anybody can be a victim of extortion but in order to prove extortion by threat or force occurred, a prosecutor must be able to prove a variety of elements.
- First, that the defendant either threatened to unlawfully injure another person, threatened to accuse someone else of a crime or threatened to expose a secret of another person.
- Second, when making the threat or using force, the defendant intended to use that fear or force to obtain the other person’s consent, money, property, or have that other person perform an official act.
- Third, the prosecutor must show that as a result of the threat or use of force, the other person consented to the defendant’s demands and lastly, that the other person complied with the defendant’s demands.
If you’ve been convicted of extortion, contact an attorney who can present some legal defenses if applicable. For example, if you were falsely accused of blackmail, you will need an experienced Sacramento criminal defense attorney to prove your case.