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Extortion occurs when someone threatens another with violence, property damage, harm to their reputation, or demanding money or something else of value to prevent acting on the threat.
Federal extortion is a very serious offense and a person convicted of extortion can face imprisonment, fines or both. If you have been charged with federal extortion it is very important that you consult with an attorney who has previous experience with federal extortion cases.
Types of Federal Extortion
A person can be charged with federal extortion for any of the following:
- Making any demand for ransom for the release of a kidnapped person
- Making any demand for reward for the release of a kidnapped person
- Making any threat to injure the property or reputation of another person or to accuse another person of a crime with the intent to receive ransom or reward
Federal extortion is a serious offense so it is very important to search for an experienced federal extortion attorney in your area who has a good understanding of the laws regarding federal tax fraud.
How a Federal Extortion Attorney Can Help
Your attorney will explain the charges filed against you, the elements of the charges that the federal government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt, the court procedures involved, and the punishment and fines allowed by law.
An attorney may be able to file various motions with the court on your behalf, such as a motion to suppress evidence illegally seized by investigators. This could lead to the possibility of dropping the charges against you.
Creating a Reasonable Doubt in Extortion Cases
Because it is the responsibility of the prosecution to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, it is your attorney’s job to find and present any evidence that could create reasonable doubt.
For example, if a juror after considering the alleged threat, is unsure that what you said was an actual threat, the juror is uncertain and must give you the benefit of that doubt and find you innocent.
Your extortion defense attorney may be able to accomplish that by conducting a defense investigation and calling witnesses on your behalf.
Developing Mitigating Evidence
In developing and presenting mitigating evidence to the court or a jury, your attorney could get the charges dismissed, or get your prison sentence reduced.
Depending upon the circumstances of the case, your attorney may be able to show that victim of extortion did not believe the threat, that you were coerced into making the threat, or that you did not intend your statement to be a threat.
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