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Extortion is known as the criminal offense which occurs when an individual unlawfully obtains money property or services from another individual’s entity or institution. The offense also occurs when an individual obtains something through coercion. It can be tried as a federal crime if it involves the use of a computer system, phone, by mail or in using any instrument of “interstate commerce.” In order for the crime of extortion to be charged to an individual, a message only has to be sent by the offender willingly and knowingly; the intended recipient does not have to receive the notice.
Depending on the severity of the charges, a conviction for an extortion charge in Los Angeles can include jail or prison time, fines, probation, parole and possibly restitution to the victim. If you have previous convictions on your record, you may be subject to harsher penalties as well. Generally, a conviction can cause an offender to spend up to 4 years in state prison. The attempt to commit extortion can also be penalized with up to a year in county jail.
If you or someone you know has been accused of extortion, it is of the utmost importance to your future, freedom and reputation to speak with an aggressive Los Angeles criminal defense attorney immediately. With your future relying on your ability to quickly procure legal representation, there is no time to waste.
The legal team at Okabe & Haushalter has spent the last years working to protect the rights of our clients and help them avoid an extortion conviction altogether. If you are seeking sound legal counsel, look no further. For more information on the services that our firm provides, do not wait another minute longer to call our office today. We have helped dozens in the Los Angeles and South Bay communities, and we may be able to help you as well!