Extortion: A Criminal Defense Attorney You Can Trust
In Oklahoma, theft (or larceny) involves the taking of property without the owner’s permission. Extortion, on the other hand, is a means of acquiring goods or money from another person with their consent, but under threat of disgrace, physical harm or some other undesired action.
Distinguishing Extortion from Blackmail
The crimes of extortion and blackmail are very similar. However, the law distinguishes these offenses by the nature of the threat or threats made in order to obtain the desired outcome.
For example, blackmail involves either written or verbal communication that seeks to extort property, money or anything else of value by threatening to:
Reveal information about the person that may harm their reputation
Accuse the person of a crime or unsavory conduct
Report the person as being in the United States illegally
On the other hand, extortion may involve threats to:
Physically injure the person or members of his or her family
Expose damaging or embarrassing information about the person or his or her family
Accuse the person or a member of his or her family of a crime
Under Oklahoma law, both blackmail and extortion are considered felonies. If found guilty of blackmail, you could be ordered to pay a fine of up to $10,000 and/or up spend up to five years in prison, while a conviction of extortion could result in up to five years in prison.
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