California P.C. 518: Extortion

Extortion is defined under California Penal Code section 518 which provides: “Extortion is the obtaining of an official act of a public officer, induced by a wrongful use of force or fear, under color of official right.” Extortion is a form of theft crime which can devastating consequences on someone character, integrity, or like. There are a number of issues arising out of an accusation of extortion and most of the time the evidence consists of “he said she said” opening the door for reasonable doubt.

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Elements for the Crime of Extortion

In order to prove that the defendant is guilty of Extortion, the Prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. The defendant threatened to unlawfully injure or use force against another person or third period or property of another or third person.
    OR
  2. The defendant threatened to accuse another person or that person’s relative or family member of a crime.
    OR
  3. The defendant threatened to expose a secret about another person, or that persons relative or family member, or to expose or connect (him/her/any of them) with a disgrace, or crime, or deformity
  4. When making the threat or using force, the defendant intended to use that fear or force to obtain the other person’s consent to give the defendant money (or property), or to do an official act
  5. As a result of the threat or use of force, the other person consented to give the defendant money or property or to do an official act
  6. As a result of the threat or use of force, the other person then gave the defendant money or property or did an official act.

What is the Punishment for Extortion?

Every person who extorts any money or other property from another, under circumstances not amounting to robbery or carjacking, by means of force, or any threat, mentioned in Penal Code section 519, shall be punished by imprisonment for two, three, or four years in the state prison. However, under a misdemeanor punishment, every person who commits any extortion under color of official right, in cases for which a different punishment is not prescribed under this code, is guilty of a misdemeanor and faces up to one year in the county jail.

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