Los Angeles Extortion Attorney

What Exactly is Extortion?

Extortion, sometimes referred to as “blackmail,” is defined as the gaining of property or money by almost any kind of force, including threats of violence, property damage, harm to reputation, or unfavorable government action. Extortion is usually viewed as a kind of theft although the threat in question does not generally pose any imminent physical danger to the victim. 18 U.S.C. § 873 provides punishment for whoever, under a threat of informing, or as a consideration for not informing, against any violation of any law of the United States, demands or receives any money or other valuable thing. Furthermore, section 880 punishes those who even receive or conceal the proceeds of an act of extortion. If convicted of extortion or blackmail you may be facing large fines and/or imprisonment of up to three years.

Los Angeles Extortion Lawyers

If you or a member of your family are facing accusations of threatening to obtain money or property from another person, they could be facing state or federal extortion criminal charges. This is a serious criminal offense that could lead to time in state prison. The criminal lawyers at Eisner Gorin LLP have successfully defended many clients who were facing charges of extortion. Even if you are just now only under investigation for extortion, you should immediately contact a qualified defense attorney before speaking to anyone from law enforcement.

Federal Sentencing and Punishment

In California, an extortion conviction can result in two to four years in state prison and fines up to $10,000. Attempted extortion can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or felony crime and can carry a sentence of up to one year in a county jail or 16 months to 3 years in a state prison. Under the Hobbs Act, extortion can be prosecuted as a federal crime where it involves demands made by individuals and government employees using a telephone, U.S. mail, internet, or any other form of interstate commerce. If you are convicted in federal court, you could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in a federal prison.

If you are facing an extortion charge, contact our law firm to discuss the details of your case.

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