When Do Threats Become Extortion?
Technically, extortion is considered a nonviolent crime; however, it is prosecuted just as harshly as a violent crime. Depending on a number of factors, it may be charged in either state or federal court. If you face charges for extortion, it is crucial to talk to an experienced criminal defense lawyer before making a statement to law enforcement or anyone else.
Randall & Stump, PLLC has the experience to defend your rights and interests. Our firm has years of experience defending those accused of white collar crime crimes in state and federal courts throughout the North Carolina.
A Typical Scenario
Generally in these cases, one person is accused of forcing another to do something against his or her will — such as giving up money or property — by threat of violence, property damage or damage to reputation.
- For example, a threat to file criminal charges unless money is paid is extortion. Extortion may sound similar to robbery; however, while robbery involves an immediate threat of harm, extortion does not.
There are defenses to these charges. From the legality of investigation tactics to the credibility of the person making the claim, we know how to identify them based on the facts of your case.
Whether you are under a pre-charge investigation or have already been charged for extortion, it is important that your attorney is well-versed in the law and will dedicate the time to your case. At our firm, our attorneys wrote the book on criminal procedure in North Carolina and will take the time necessary to provide an aggressive defense that protects you.