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Blackmail is a modern form of extortion that often consists of obtaining property by means of threats to do harm or to expose information. Under some statutes, the crime is complete when threats are made with the intent to obtain property; i.e., the property need not be obtained. Most jurisdictions find criminal blackmail and extortion to be synonymous, however some states require that blackmail be in the form of writing.
California blackmail (extortion) laws are defined in Penal Codes 518 to 527 PC. Penal Code 518 defines blackmail (which is commonly referred to as extortion) as:
Using force or threats to compel another to give you money or other property, using force of threats to compel a public officer to perform an official act, or being a public official and compelling another to give you money or other property acting under color of official right. (1) Blackmail (Extortion) is typically charged as a felony, punishable by up to four years in the California State Prison and by a maximum $10,000 fine.
Blackmail (extortion) is a serious felony charge that can be brought in the state of California and by the United States government. There is substantial jail time an accused person can serve. The accused can also face expensive fines to pay, therefore hiring a criminal defense attorney is a key factor in protecting your rights against a criminal blackmail charge.
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