Savannah Extortion Lawyer
What Does Extortion Mean?
Extortion means stealing property through threats, intimidation, or force. Convictions for extortion occur when the defendant has threatened victims with the clear intent of financial gain. They also occur when a defendant has used or threatened the use of force against law enforcement or public officials to their benefit.
Extortion is commonly referred to as a “white collar crime,” typically nonviolent and driven by financial gain. Blackmailing someone by threatening to expose sensitive information is considered extortion. Extortion can also be considered a violent crime when physical force is used or threatened.
What Is Considered Extortion in Georgia?
Georgia law is clear on what defines extortion. The most decisive element in defining extortion is the use of threats for some kind of gain. Threats can include:
- Physical harm
- Accusing someone of committing a crime
- Making statements that erode a person’s reputation
- When a public official bases his or her actions on demands being met
- When groups boycotting or striking demand property to cease protests
- Withholding testimony in court or threatening to testify in court
Defending Extortion Cases
The punishment for extortion in Georgia can result in up to 10 years in prison. An experienced lawyer can build a strong defense especially if the property in question was obtained because it had been stolen or as payment for harm or injury that the defendant suffered. Property that was lawfully obtained as compensation for services rendered is also a valid argument. Defenses such as lack of evidence, incapacity or duress can also be used.
The attorneys at Turner Law Firm have the experience needed to craft a strong defense to combat extortion charges in Georgia. Contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation review of your case with The Turner Firm today.