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Extortion

White Collar Criminal Defense

 

Malicious Threats to Extort Money

There are two varieties of felony extortion charges under Michigan law: threatening injury and threatening an accusation of crime.

Michigan Extortion Law - Threatening Injury

In order to prove extortion by threatening injury, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt all of the following:

  1. The defendant threatened to injure the victim/the victim’s property or someone in the victim’s immediate family.

  2. The defendant made this threat by saying it or by writing it down.

  3. The defendant made the threat willfully, without just cause or excuse, and with the intent to either get money by doing it / make the person threatened (do / not do) something against the person’s will / or some for other improper purpose.

 Michigan Extortion Law – Accusation of Crime

The elements of the alternate form of extortion (Accusation of Crime) are:

  1.  The defendant threatened to accuse the victim of a crime.

  2. The defendant made this threat by saying it or by writing it down.

  3. The defendant made the threat willfully, without just cause or excuse, and with the intent to get money by doing it / make the person threatened (do / not do) something against the person’s will or for some other improper purpose.

What is a threat?

 A threat for the purpose of extortion is a written or spoken statement of an intent to injure another person or that person’s property or family. A threat does not have to be stated in any particular words. It can be said in general or vague terms, without saying exactly what kind of injury is being threatened. It can also be made by suggestion.

Michigan Extortion Defense Lawyers

Extortion defense is very fact specific, so the circumstances surrounding the alleged threat are going to dictate what type of defense is used. What may on the face of it appear to be a threat, may be an isolated statement taken out of context. Or the victim may simply be lying to cover up their own wrongdoing. Additionally, motive (or lack of motive) can also be a key factor in defending an extortion charge.

Detroit Extortion attorneys

Extortion is an extremely serious felony that carries potentially life altering punishment. Extortion is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. When faced with such serious penalties, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer fighting for you. The attorneys at Jeffrey Buehner, PLLC have the skills and experience you need to protect your freedom. Call (248) 865-9640 or fill out the form below.

 

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