Assault and Violent Crimes

Extortion is a very serious crime. Because Extortion puts individuals into a dilemma by which they must comply with someone else’s demands against their will or against their conviction, society imposes severe penalties on offenders convicted of Extortion.

Extortion is obtaining property from someone by use of actual or threatened force or violence, or fear, or by use of one’s position as a government official.

Prohibited Activities

In order to be found guilty of Extortion, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that there was:
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A communication;
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Threatening the accusation of a crime or an injury to person or property;
With the intent to obtain money or gain a pecuniary advantage by compelling the person threatened to do or refrain from doing something against their will.


In California, extortion is punishable by a $10,000 fine and up to four years in prison.

Under federal law, extortion may lead to a fine and a twenty-year prison sentence.

In Texas, the punishment depends largely on the amount of money extorted. At the low end, extorting $50 or under will lead to a simple fine of up to $500. However, extortion of more than $200,000 is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and five to ninety-nine years in prison.
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