Extortion as a Federal Crime
Is Extortion a Federal Crime?
Just as the State of Tennessee has laws detailing the crime of extortion,
so does the Federal Government. These extortion laws are enforced when
an employee of the federal agency either commits or attempts the act of
extortion. Individuals falsely claiming to be a government employee during
the act of extortion are also subject to prosecution under federal law,
rather than state.
Extortion refers to gaining money or property by using force, threats of
violence, or other kinds of harm. The threat can take place through any
mode of communication and can include threats of property damage and attacks
on someone's reputation, not just physical violence.
Most people are familiar with "blackmail," which is a form of
extortion where an individual threatens to reveal sensitive information
about someone else unless that person gives them money. Another example
of extortion is "protection," where someone tells a business
to pay money to protect themselves from vandalism or some other form of
harm. Both of these examples involve threatening harm to someone for the
sake of financial gain.
Federal Extortion Penalties in Tennessee
In federal court, extortion is classified by the seriousness of the crime—or,
as extortion is a form of theft, the amount of money illegally obtained
or demanded. As such, the penalties for these crimes can vary.
Penalties for federal extortion cases typically include:
In cases involving $1,000 is in question: Up to three years in prison and fines.
In cases involving less than $1,000: Up to one year in prison and fines.
We Are Standing By to Help
federal crimes carry heavy penalties that should be taken very seriously. They call for
an experienced and knowledgeable Knoxville extortion attorney, one who
can properly navigate your case. At the Law Office of Joseph A. Fanduzz,
we have a strong record in federal court, from winning reduced probations
to outright case dismissals. Call us today for a free consultation.
Here at the Law Office of Joseph A. Fanduzz, we know the overwhelming feelings
that can come with federal charges in particular. Your case may feel hopeless
or insurmountable—but it doesn't have to be. Our experience
in federal courts speaks for itself, and we're ready to bring the
same dedication and protection that we've already provided to numerous clients.
If you or a loved one is facing a federal extortion charge, you don't
have to spend another day wondering what might happen.
Call an experienced Knoxville criminal defense attorney at our firm.