Extortion Attorney in New Jersey
Types of Extortion Under N.J.S. 2C:20-5
Extortion is the crime of obtaining money, property or services through force or threat. Unlike many theft crimes and white collar crimes, the victim actually consents out of fear. Blackmail, ransom, bribery and abuse of authority are types of extortion. When one individual threatens to harm another's personal or business reputation by releasing information or spreading false rumors if he or she is not paid, that person is guilty of blackmail.
Ransom involves taking something or someone captive and threating to keep or harm the person or property if not properly compensated. Bribery can also be considered extortion if there is a threat involved in not taking the bribe. If a government official or other person in power demands something to avoid a negative consequence, he or she has abused the authority of office and may be guilty of bribery.
Penalties for Extortion
Theft by extortion is a crime of the second degree. If you are convicted of extortion, you may be forced to repay the victim for any monetary losses suffered related to the theft. Extortion can also be punished with a prison term of 5 to 10 years and a fine of up to $150,000 or double the amount of monetary loss to the victim, depending on which is higher.
Fight Charges with a Morris County Criminal Lawyer
Have you been charged with theft by extortion in New Jersey? If so, a NJ criminal defense attorney from The Law Offices of Christopher G. Porreca, P.C. can help protect your freedom. I know what the prosecution needs to present a convincing case, and I can advise you on whether they have sufficient evidence to build a case against you. You may be innocent or not have intended to commit extortion, and I can help you prove it.
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