Michigan Blackmail Lawyer
With the advent of social media, texting and email, our communications have become highly monitored and recorded. A clumsily-worded Facebook post or a late-night text, can become the basis for an extortion investigation or criminal charge. That Snapchat message that was supposed to have disappeared may have been screen-captured by the recipient; the telephone call may have been recorded.
When faced with a blackmail charge or investigation, it is important to understand two things: 1) You have a Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination (the right to remain silent) – use it. If you have any reason to believe that you’ve said or written anything that could be viewed as blackmail, don’t discuss it with anyone. 2) Blackmail is a serious felony charge and you should be represented by an experienced blackmail defense lawyer. This isn’t something you should handle on your own. The attorneys at Jeffrey Buehner, PLLC are experienced blackmail defense lawyers and former prosecutors who know what it takes to aggressively defend against blackmail charges.
What is The Definition of Blackmail?
Under Michigan law, threatening to accuse another of a crime or threatening harm with the intent to extort money or any pecuniary advantage is a felony called extortion (commonly referred to as ‘blackmail’).
The Michigan extortion law specifically states: ‘Any person who shall, either orally or by a written or printed communication, maliciously threaten to accuse another of any crime or offense, or shall orally or by any written or printed communication maliciously threaten any injury to the person or property or mother, father, husband, wife or child of another with intent thereby to extort money or any pecuniary advantage whatever, or with intent to compel the person so threatened to do or refrain from doing any act against his will, shall be guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment in the state prison not more than 20 years or by a fine of not more than 10,000 dollars.’
Contact a Michigan extortion lawyer
The Michigan extortion statute is vaguely worded and understanding the context surrounding the alleged blackmail is very important in defending an extortion case. There may be facts surrounding the allegations that aren’t immediately apparent. The alleged victim may be presenting an inaccurate or incomplete version of the facts or they may be the bad actor in the situation trying to use the ‘whistle blower’s’ statement to discredit them. Each blackmail situation has a unique set of circumstances that have to be fully investigated in order to properly defend an extortion case.
Being represented by an experienced Michigan extortion defense lawyer will give you the peace of mind of knowing that you have a skilled criminal defense attorney with decades of experience fighting for you. Call the attorneys at Jeffrey Buehner, PLLC to ensure you rights and your freedom are protected: Call (248) 865-9640 or fill out our contact form below to schedule a consultation.
31700 West 13 Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
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