Grand Junction Extortion Defense Attorneys
If you have been accused of extortion on the Western Slope, you will need a strong legal defense. The prosecution will start building their case the moment you are in custody, and you should do the same. The defense attorneys at Peters & Nolan, LLC have decades of experience in the criminal court system. We fight tooth and nail for our clients, because we wholeheartedly believe that you are innocent until you have been proven guilty. Call us at (970) 243-4357 and find out how we can help you.
The basic definition of extortion is obtaining goods, services, or money through threats or force. It can be easy to be falsely accused of extortion, as many turns of phrase can be misinterpreted. For example, if you were attempting to broker a deal between your company and a competitor, and you told the competitor that you would drive them out of business if they did not accept the deal, then they may feel threatened and claim you tried to extort them. However, it would only legally be considered extortion if you acted on that threat, or it was reasonable to assume that you would act on that threat.
Extortion and robbery may seem incredibly similar. Both are using threats to obtain goods, money, or property from another, unwilling person. However, there is a key difference between them. During a robbery, the robber will often use threats that make the victim believe that their life is in immediate danger. They may do this by brandishing a weapon, causing physical harm to the victim, or state that they have a weapon hidden on their person.
Extortion, however, does not involve threats of immediate harm. Generally speaking, extortion will involve threats such as exposing a secret to the public, the loss of a job, eventual harm if the victim does not cooperate, or that the extortionist will falsely accuse the victim or a member of the victim’s family of a crime.
There are three main kinds of extortion. Knowing each kind, and what the definition of each kind is, can be key in preventing yourself from being falsely accused. This knowledge can also come in handy when it comes time to put together your defense. The three most common kinds of extortion are:
Blackmail: Blackmail means that you have information about another person that, if it were ever revealed to the public or other individuals, could damage their relationships, career, reputation or any other aspect of their life. Using that information, you demand something in return for keeping it a secret. That something may be money, a job, or some other goods/services.
Ransom: If you hold a person captive against their will, and then demand money, property, or some other good in exchange for their release, then that is considered ransom. Charges of ransom often don’t just include extortion, but false imprisonment and kidnapping as well.
Bribery: When you bribe someone, it means you have paid them, or are giving them recurrent payments, in exchange for that person to keep quiet about something they know or for some sort of service. In cases of bribery, the circumstances of the case determine who is actually the one at fault, as it can be the person offering the bribe, or the person demanding the bribe in exchange for services.
Whatever kind of extortion that you’ve been accused of, your life will likely never be the same again. Being convicted of extortion will carry consequences throughout the rest of your life.
If you are convicted of extortion, there can be some grave consequences that can have an incredible impact on your life. Extortion is classified as a class 4 felony. There are several sentencing options, including:
- Probation, along with a possible jail sentence of up to 90 days
- A two-year work-release sentence
- A sentence of two to six years (that can go up to 12 years if the court finds cause for it) with the Department of Corrections
- A mandatory parole of up to three years
Even if you are not sentenced to the full extent of the law, there will still be ramifications in your life. An extortion conviction can hurt your relationships with your family and loved ones, it can leave you without a job, and it can make it difficult for you to find future employment. That’s why, if you have been falsely accused of extortion, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your team.
An extortion conviction can leave your life in shambles. It impacts your family, your profession, and your future. The Grand Junction criminal defense attorneys at Peters & Nolan, LLC know just how devastating a conviction can be. That’s why, when we take on a client, we do everything in our power to win their case, or, at the very least, make their sentences as light as possible. If you have been accused of extortion, call us at (970) 243-4357. Time is of the essence in criminal cases, so don’t delay.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.