Extortion is a felony under both federal and New York state law, and those convicted of extortion in either the state or federal courts can face many years in prison and enormous financial penalties. While we may think of extortion as a criminal charge that is generally only brought against those involved in organized crime, the definition of extortion is very wide and expansive, and prosecutors can and will bring extortion charges against individuals from all walks of life, including those acting in white collar positions. If you are under investigation or are facing charges for extortion, you need aggressive criminal defense counsel on your side. At The Henry Law Firm, our criminal defense team provides comprehensive defense counsel to individuals facing extortion investigations or charges, and will aggressively defend your rights and pursue your interests from the first sign of an extortion investigation.
Extortion Charges Can Take Many Forms
New York state and federal law define extortion to include a wide variety of threats that are made against an individual or organization made with the intention of obtaining money or other types of property, which can include threats to:
- Do violence to that person or a third party
- Cause damage to property
- Engage in other conduct constituting a crime
- Accuse a person of a crime or cause charges to be brought (even if truthful)
- Testify against another person or withhold testimony
- Expose a secret or publicize a fact, whether true or not
- Cause a strike or boycott to be brought against a business
- Perform another act to damage the “health, safety, business, calling, career, financial condition, reputation or personal relationships” of the victim
Because disputes can often get overheated and exaggerated, and words can be misconstrued or taken out of context, it is not uncommon for extortion investigations to ensnare well-intentioned actors, and it is thus critical to work with an attorney who can skillfully defend your interests and present your best defense.
Criminal Liability for Third Parties Connected to Extortion
Even where an individual did not himself make any threats or statements that could be perceived as threats, criminal charges may still be brought if investigators and prosecutors believe the individual aided or encouraged another in making threats or was part of an agreement that involved an extortion threat. Furthermore, those parties that knowingly receive the proceeds of extortion can face criminal liability.
Defending You Against New York Extortion Charges
When faced with an investigation into whether you were a primary actor, accomplice, co-conspirator, or recipient of funds from extortion, the criminal defense team at The Henry Law Firm can work with you to defend your rights and determine your best defense strategies, which can include cooperation, negotiation with prosecutors, and/or a robust defense against all allegations.
Whether you are dealing with state or federal investigators/prosecutors or internal investigators on the job in an extortion inquiry, you should not delay in speaking with an experienced defense attorney who can fully assess your situation in a confidential consultation, assess your options, and aggressively pursue your best outcome.
Contact a New York Extortion Defense Attorney Today
The Henry Law Firm PLLC provides criminal defense to individuals and businesses throughout New York in all state and federal investigations and prosecutions. To take immediate action to protect your interests in a prosecution or investigation into extortion, do not hesitate to contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation regarding your matter.
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