Extortion is the criminal use of violence, threat, or fear to obtain money, property or influence. Traditionally, extortion was the misuse of power by government officials. Today, most state laws broaden the offense to apply to civilians as well.
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Extortion is related to bribery and may occur in tandem with it. Like bribery, extortion is used to gain property or money; however, rather than offering a benefit in exchange for a specific action, threats are made.
These can be threats of violence, property damage, harm to reputation or unfavorable government action.In criminal extortion cases, intent to influence the victim is necessary.
Extortion Under Color of Office
When extortion is committed by a public official, it is said that the person is acting under color of office. Rather than using threat of physical harm, the official is using threat of government action (or inaction) to solicit money.
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The above summary of extortion is by no means all-inclusive and is not legal advice. Laws may have changed since our last update. For the latest information on extortion laws and penalties, speak to a criminal defense attorney in your area.