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If you’ve been arrested, charged, or are under investigation for extortion or attempted extortion, our Santa Barbara criminal defense lawyers at Appel & Morse are committed to protecting your rights, reputation, and future. With more than three decades of combined experience, we can thoroughly review your case and determine all of your available legal options in order to get your case dismissed entirely or your charges reduced.

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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Our Santa Barbara criminal defense attorneys have successfully handled various white collar crimes, including extortion. We will be able to develop an effective and personalized defense strategy on your behalf to obtain the most favorable results possible. Let us fight for you immediately!

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