Dunwoody Extortion Lawyer
In Georgia, extortion is considered a serious theft crime that comes with substantial penalties if convicted for this offense. The laws regarding extortion, also known as theft by extortion, are incredibly complex, which is why having an experienced criminal defense attorney is critical if you or someone you know has been accused of committing this offense. At Hawkins Spizman, our team of Dunwoody extortion lawyers has helped many clients throughout Georgia fight extortion claims and are prepared to defend your legal rights throughout the criminal process. To learn more about your legal options, call or contact our office today.
What is Extortion?
Extortion is defined in Georgia as obtaining money or property by threatening another person, their loved ones, or their property. A person can also be charged with extortion if money or property is acquired through the use of intimidation or falsely claiming to be someone that you are not. Blackmail is a common form of extortion, but it can also occur in other ways. Any threats to do the following also qualify as extortion:
- Threaten to inflict bodily injury
- Threaten to accuse someone of a criminal offense,
- Threaten to distribute any information that would damage a person’s personal or professional reputation,
- Threaten to take or withhold actions as a public official or through a public official,
- Threaten to bring about or withhold a strike or other collective action, or
- Threaten to testify or withhold testimony in a legal case.
Penalties for extortion include a prison sentence up to ten years and a felony criminal record. A person convicted of extortion may be ordered to pay restitution if any money or property was actually obtained through an extortionist act.
Defenses Against Extortion
If you or someone you know has been accused of extortion in Georgia, there are a number of defenses available for this crime. The most common defense to extortion is a mistake of fact, where the threats alleged did not actually occur. Another common defense is duress or necessity, where the person accused only committed this act due to pressure or necessity being forced upon them by a third party. Incapacity, insanity, and intoxication are also other common defenses to extortion in Georgia. An experienced criminal defense attorney can review the facts to determine the best defense for your case.
How a Lawyer Can Help
It is very important that a person accused of committing extortion in Georgia secure the services of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to protect and defend their interests in court. A lawyer knows the best legal defenses and how the prosecution works in extortion cases. They will review the facts, evidence, and witness statements to find all the holes in the state’s case and may be able to get the charges reduced or dismissed if there are legal or factual issue with prioving the case. If the case goes to trial, a lawyer will make the best possible arguments for you in court and advocate for you throughout every step of the legal process.
Call or Contact the Office Today
If you have questions about an accusation of extortion, call or contact Hawkins Spizman today to schedule a free consultation of your case.