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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

All 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. 

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