Federal law considers several acts to be white collar crimes, including the crime of extortion. This offense, also known as outwresting, blackmail, or exaction, involves unlawfully obtaining money, property or goods through coercion. Extortion can be used against a person, institution or other entity, and if you are being investigated for such acts or have been arrested, you will need the legal help of our capable attorneys. These are serious allegations, and they require the immediate attention of an outstanding legal team.
One of the most common ways that extortion plays out is by offering “protection” – that is, a person will promise to refrain from causing harm in exchange for money or goods. This is a common practice within the ranks of organized crime operations. Exaction takes the act of extortion to a higher level, adding in the element of demanding something through force or pain and suffering. Different from the crime of robbery, extortion always involves a written or verbal threat, whereas robbery does not, and it generally does not pose imminent physical harm or injury to its victim. Federal statutes call for large fines and prison terms of up to 3 years for those who are convicted of extortion.
We have all heard of “blackmailing” before, and can easily see how such an allegation can be levied when misunderstandings exist or a comment is misconstrued. The team at McLane, Bednarski & Litt, LLP, is ready to put their 61 years of collective experience to work in your defense. We have been consistently recognized for our successful achievements and for our commitment to client care and aggressive litigation.