What is Extortion Crime in California
Extortion, also popularly known as blackmail, can occur under California Penal Code 518 PC with the following: using force or threat to a) extort money or property from a person, or b) forcing a public officer to comply and perform an official act, or when a public official uses their position and relative advantage to pressure individuals to give them money or property.
This crime can occur in a wide variety of scenarios and within other acts of crime as well. Individuals who are well known to have a lot of money or property are often the main victims of extortion. This includes celebrities and politicians whose lives are incredibly public.
How Can You Defend Yourself Against Extortion Accusations?
If you have been unjustly accused of extortion, immediately speak with an experienced attorney. Fighting the accusations is incredibly difficult and requires a strongly built defence. Potential defences against wrong arrests include: legally proving that the money or property that was voluntarily given to you was not handed over through coercion, arguing that there is not sufficient evidence provided by the prosecution to prove extortion occurred, and insisting that all accusations against you are false.
Penalties for Extortion Convictions
In the state of California, extortion convictions are classified as felonies. This felony conviction comes with up to four years in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000. Furthermore, victims of extortion are also capable of bringing a lawsuit against you in order to recover the damages they lost through the extortion crime.