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Los Angeles Extortion Defense Lawyer

Criminal Defense Attorneys Representing People Accused of Extortion Or Blackmail


Los Angeles Extortion Defense Attorney

Extortion criminal charges are covered under California Penal Code Section 518. Extortion is a white collar crime commonly known as blackmail. Extortion charges can be filed as either a California state or federal crime offense. It basic definition is using force or threats to make another individual give money or property that does not belong to them.


Extortion charges can also apply when an individual uses force or threats to compel a government official to perform a specific act. It also applies to government officials who might threaten to provide or without service unless another individual provides money or property. 


The legal definition of extortion can be broad and cover a wide variety of activity, making it possible for an individual to commit extortion without having intent to commit a crime. Other forms of extortion criminal charges include extortion by threatening letter (California Penal Code 532) and extortion by signature (California Penal Code 522). 


A common example of an extortion case in Los Angeles County includes a scenario where an individual threatens to report a crime to police unless they receive some type of compensation, such as money or property. See related information: Bribery of a Witness Laws in California.


If you have been accused of extortion, you should immediately contact a Los Angeles extortion attorney at out law firm to closely examine the specific details of your case and start developing a solid strategy for your defense.


You should never answer any questions or make statements to police detectives as anything you say will be used against you in court. Remain silent and contact our Los Angeles criminal defense law firm. 


Extortion – CA Penal Code 518 – Elements of the Crime

In order for a Los Angeles County prosecutor to obtain a conviction for extortion, they must prove beyond any reasonable doubt the following elements of the crime:



A defendant can still be convicted of extortion even if they don’t injure or use force against the victim. Just the threat itself could be sufficient for a conviction.  A secret is defined as information that is not known to the general public that could harm the victim’s reputation to a degree where they are willing to give money or property to prevent the information from being exposed.


Under extortion laws, an official act is something a government official would do in their official capacity. In an extortion case where the victim does not actually give money, property, or perform an official act, they could still be convicted of attempted extortion. Speak with a Los Angeles extortion lawyer at our law firm for more information about how the elements of the crime apply in your case.


Legal Penalties for an Extortion Conviction

Extortion or blackmail is a felony offense. If a defendant is convicted of extortion in Los Angeles County, they could receive up to four years in a California state prison, a fine up to $10,000, and probation.


If the defendant is convicted of extortion involving a victim who has mental or physical impairments, the court will typically consider this as aggravating factors during sentencing. An extortion conviction can be counted as a “strike” under California’s three strikes law if the offense involved gang activity. 


Attempted extortion can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony crime by the Los Angeles County prosecutor. If convicted of a misdemeanor extortion case, the legal penalties can include up to one year in an LA County jail, a fine of up to $1,000, and summary probation.


If convicted of a felony attempted extortion case, the legal penalties can include up to three years in a California state prison, a fine up to $10,000, and formal probation. 


Legal Defenses against Extortion Charges

Available legal defenses against extortion criminal charges that may be used by an experienced Los Angeles extortion defense lawyer depends on the specific facts and evidence in the case. They include:  



Call a Los Angeles Extortion Defense Attorney

If you are facing extortion accusations, a conviction could lead to harsh legal consequences. A Los Angeles extortion lawyer at our law firm is prepared to start building a strong legal defense on your behalf. Our attorneys have a tremendous track record of success defending our client’s against any type of white collar crime. 


For example, in Downey Juvenile Court, our client was charged and detained in custody for a felony case of attempted extortion. Our Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers were able to have the felony charge dismissed after we negotiated a plea bargain to a misdemeanor offense.


Our client received information probation with the agreement they would not have a conviction on their record with successful completion of probation. The entire record of the case would then be sealed. 


Immediate help is available by contacting our law firm for a free immediate response at 877-781-1570.


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