If you have been accused of blackmail, you need an experienced California criminal defense attorney on your side. That is what you have found in Chambers Law Firm. Keep reading to learn more about blackmail and how it can be charged. Then contact us at 714-760-4088 for a free legal consultation.
What is blackmail?
Blackmail is defined as the threat of disclosing confidential information in order to compel another person to take a specified action. Extortion is the same charge. Extortion defendants, for example, may be charged of threatening to reveal the victim’s humiliating or unlawful behavior, perpetrate a future act of violence, or harm the victim’s good character or reputation.
The threatening behavior, on the other hand, will not be carried out if the victim agrees to the defendant’s demands. Defendants frequently demand monetary compensation. Defendants, on the other hand, can order someone to do something or stop from doing something. In certain places, it might even involve sexual favors.
There are different types of blackmail in California
Extortion is defined as blackmail in California and there are five types of extortion based on the sort of threat made:
- Extortion by force or terror
- Extortion by signature
- Extortion by threatening letter
- Extortion by impersonating a kidnapper
- Extortion by a forged court order
Proving extortion or blackmail
The most common of these criminal acts is extortion by force or terror. To prove this sort of crime, California law enforcement must show the following aspects of the crime: The defendant threatened to use illegal force or inflict bodily harm to the victim or a third party, or to destroy property, to accuse the victim, or a family member of the victim, of a crime, or to reveal a secret about the victim, or a family member of the victim.
The defendant used this threat of violence or coercion to get the victim’s agreement to give him or her money or property, or to do a specified conduct. As a consequence of the threat, the victim consented, and the victim then performed what the defendant desired.
In California, the victim must actually comply with the defendant’s demands for the defendant to be accountable for extortion. It is not extortion if the victim refuses. If you have been accused of blackmail or extortion, contact Chambers Law Firm now at 714-760-4088 to request a free legal consultation with an experienced attorney.