Extorsion


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.

Description:
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.

Punishment

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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