The Crime of Extortion in California
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If you’ve been arrested, charged, or are under investigation for
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Extortion Laws & Penalties
In California, you can be charged with extortion if you threaten someone
with force or injury, if you threaten to accuse someone of a crime, or
if you threaten to expose a secret about someone else, in an attempt to
obtain money or property, or get someone to commit an official act. Furthermore,
if you issue the threat via written letter or another form of messaging,
you may be charged with extortion by threatening letter.
Extortion is a felony criminal offense, punishable by a prison sentence
of two, three, or four years and a maximum fine of $10,000. If you are
convicted of attempted extortion, you face a maximum jail sentence of
one year and a fine of up to $10,000. If aggravated circumstances are
evident, such as extorting a senior citizen or someone with a mental or
physical disability, the defendant may face additional penalties.
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