Charged with Extortion in NY or NYC?
New York Extortion Laws
Under New York law, extortion may also be known as blackmail or coercion. Extortion in NY and NYC commonly occurs when a person threatens to make certain information about another individual public unless the victim gives the extortionist something in exchange, often money.
Extortion, or coercion, can be charged as two types of felonies. Second degree coercion is when a person compels or induces an individual to do something they wouldn’t normally do or stop doing something they might want to do, by making the victim believe he or his property might be hurt or that a secret might be exposed, among other fears.
First degree coercion, which is a class D felony, includes committing second degree coercion, as well as instilling certain fears in the victim or compelling the victim to commit a crime. Coercion in the second degree is a class A misdemeanor.
Class A misdemeanors come with a definite sentence, which cannot exceed one year. If you are found guilty of a class D felony, you might serve as much as seven years in prison.
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