Extortion (also sometimes referred to as “blackmail”) is the obtaining of money or property from another by force, threat of force, or intimidation.
What is an Extortion Charge?
Under California Penal Code 518 P.C., you can be charged with Extortion if you allegedly “blackmailed” or otherwise unlawfully obtained another person’s money or property by the wrongful threat or use of force or fear or authority (if you were a police officer, for example). To be convicted, you need not actually have taken the money or property. Extortion is a specific intent crime, meaning that you specifically intended that the alleged victim be placed in fear.
Extortion can be verbally communicated or transmitted through written or electronic means. If the threat is in writing, you will be charged under California Penal Code 523 P.C. You can also be charged with Extortion if you merely allegedly threatened to damage or destroy the property of the alleged victim.
In addition to a threat of force, you can be charged with Extortion if you allegedly threatened the alleged victim or his/her family member or relative, for the purpose of obtaining his/her money or property, with: (a) exposing a secret; (b) accusing the alleged victim of a crime; or (c) exposing the alleged victim with a disgrace, deformity, or anything else that would expose him/her to public ridicule, scorn or contempt.
What are Examples of Extortion?
Examples of situations involving Extortion include the following:
What Does the Prosecutor Need to Prove for an Extortion Charge?
To prove that you are guilty of Extortion under California Penal Code 518 P.C., the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt each of the following elements (as required by the Judicial Council of California Criminal Jury Instructions CALCRIM 1830):
What Happens If I am Convicted of an Extortion Charge?
If you are convicted of Extortion under California Penal Code 518 P.C., you face the following punishment (excluding any sentencing enhancements):
What are My Possible Defenses to an Extortion Charge?
Extortion cases can often be resolved during the investigation stage even before criminal charges are actually filed. Specifically, a highly experienced and skilled Los Angeles County Extortion attorney like Ninaz Saffari might be able to convince the investigating detective to not refer the case to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution, or to convince the D.A.’s Office not to file charges if the case has already been referred. These are called Pre-Files, which Ms. Saffari has a great deal of experience in successfully negotiating. See her Case Results.
If you are charged with Extortion, Ms. Saffari will first conduct a thorough investigation, often with the help of her private investigator, to ascertain all relevant facts. Again, if possible, she will attempt to get the charges dismissed either before or shortly after they are filed. If she takes the case to trial, she will often use an expert witness who will argue that the alleged harm never occurred, did not occur to the degree claimed, occurred but was the result of unintentional conduct, or that the District Attorney has otherwise failed to provide enough evidence to meet the high threshold to prove Extortion.
The following are the possible defenses to an Extortion charge:
What Kind of Extortion Cases Has Ninaz Saffari Defended?
Since 2005, Ninaz Saffari has successfully represented many clients against Extortion charges.--
If you or a loved one are currently being investigated or prosecuted for this crime, it is critical that you immediately hire a highly skilled, aggressive and experienced Los Angeles County Extortion criminal defense attorney like Ninaz Saffari. Contact the Saffari Law Firm, P.C. now for a free telephone consultation. If Ms. Saffari believes she can help you, she will immediately schedule a free in-person meeting or, if you are in custody, she will visit you in jail (again, for free and with no obligation to hire her).
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