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Extortion, otherwise known as blackmail, is a federal crime when it is implemented by any wireless or computer communication, or if it illegally affects interstate commerce. Interstate commerce is affected when the subject of the crime deals with trade, traffic, or transportation of cash or property that crosses state lines. Threats to, or threats by, federal employees also count as extortion.

Federal Statute

The statute for Extortion is 18 U.S.C. § 873, 880, which states that whoever, under a threat of informing, or as a consideration for not informing, against any violation of any law of the United States, demands or receives any money or other valuable thing, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both. Additionally, a person who receives, possesses, conceals, or disposes of any money or other property which was obtained from the commission of any offense under this chapter that is punishable by imprisonment for more than 1 year, knowing the same to have been unlawfully obtained, shall be imprisoned not more than 3 years, fined under this title, or both.

Elements of the Crime

In order to be convicted of Extortion, the prosecution must prove each of the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt. The criminal defense attorneys at Cannon & Associates are FIERCE ADVOCATES for every client and will hold the government to their burden in your case. In order to be convicted of this crime; the government must prove:

1) There was communication;

2) Threatening accusation of any crime or offense or any injury to the person or property or mother, father, husband, wife, or child of another,

3) With intent to extort money or pecuniary advantage as to compel the person so threatened to do or refrain from doing an act against his/her will.

What the Skilled Lawyers at Cannon & Associates Can Do For You

Being charged with Extortion is a serious matter. The Oklahoma criminal defense attorneys at Cannon & Associates are Fierce Advocates for Families and Freedom and will fight for you! At Cannon & Associates, we have extensive criminal defense experience, and will be with you every step of the way. We will take care to explain the issues and options to get you to your desired result and support you in this difficult time.

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