Extortion is a form of larceny (commonly referred to as theft). In the state of Connecticut, extortion constitutes a crime. If you face this charge, there are some things that you should know. Specifically, it is important to understand the definition of this crime. Once you understand the crime, you can determine if you have actually committed this crime, or if you can build a solid defense to the charge. Learn more here.
Another way you can be found guilty of larceny is if you are found guilty of extortion. Extortion can occur in a few different ways. A person commits this crime when they compel another person to deliver the property to themselves or a third party. Extortion occurs when the actor instills fear into someone that, if delivery of the property does not occur, someone will:
- Cause physical injury to some person in the future.
- Cause damage to property.
- Engage in other criminal activity.
- Accuse some person of a crime or cause criminal charges against them.
- Expose a secret or publicize an asserted fact, whether true or false, tending to subject some person to hatred, contempt or ridicule.
- Cause a strike, boycott or other collective labor group action injurious to some person’s business; except that such a threat shall not be deemed extortion when the property is demanded or received for the benefit of the group in whose interest the actor purports to act.
- Testify or provide information or withhold testimony or information with respect to another’s legal claim or defense.
- Use or abuse their position as a public servant by performing some act within or related to their official duties, or by failing or refusing to perform an official duty, in such manner as to affect some person adversely.
- Inflict any other harm, which would not benefit the actor.
If you have been charged with extortion, you need to begin building your defense. Consider the elements above and if they apply to your situation. If they don’t, you might have a good defense to the charges that you face. For additional help with your case, you might consider contacting a criminal defense attorney. Such attorneys can handle the court process for you and help you get the best result for you.