How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dwayne B. Your Own Question
Dwayne B.
Dwayne B., Attorney
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 32939
Experience:  Began practicing law in 1992
11068102
Type Your Legal Question Here...
Dwayne B. is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I have a text thread from an ex boyfriend and it looks to me

Customer Question

I have a text thread from an ex boyfriend and it looks to me like he was blackmailing another one for videos he took..can I send the text thread and u tell me if it is blackmail..he claims it was business and he was adding value to the videos..
I find it disgusting
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Dwayne B. replied 9 months ago.

Hello and thank you for contacting us. This is Dwayne B. and I’m an expert here and looking forward to assisting you today. If at any point any of my answers aren’t clear please don’t hesitate to ask for clarification. Also, I can only answer the questions you specifically ask and based on the facts that you give so please be sure that you ask the questions you want to ask and provide all necessary facts. Please note: This is general information for educational purposes only and is not legal advice. No specific course of action is proposed herein, and no attorney-client relationship or privilege is formed by speaking to an expert on this site. By continuing, you confirm that you understand and agree to these terms.

You can post it and II'll let you know what I think.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
See attachment, I want to know if that's considered blackmail.
Expert:  Dwayne B. replied 9 months ago.

No, in Georgia blackmail is called theft by extortion and there isn't enough in that text alone to be a crime.

The statute says:

(a) A person commits the offense of theft by extortion when he unlawfully obtains property of or from another person by threatening to:

(1) Inflict bodily injury on anyone or commit any other criminal offense;

(2) Accuse anyone of a criminal offense;

(3) Disseminate any information tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt, or ridicule or to impair his credit or business repute;

(4) Take or withhold action as a public official or cause an official to take or withhold action;

(5) Bring about or continue a strike, boycott, or other collective unofficial action if the property is not demanded or received for the benefit of the group in whose interest the actor purports to act; or

(6) Testify or provide information or withhold testimony or information with respect to another's legal claim or defense.

(b) In a prosecution under this Code section, the crime shall be considered as having been committed in the county in which the threat was made or received or in the county in which the property was unlawfully obtained.

That text doesn't indicate that any of this was violated. It is possible that the text along with something else could amount to a crime, but not just the text.

First it isn't a threat, second, it could be anything they are talking about selling as opposed to threatening to release or post videotapes that would be embarrassing.

If your question has been answered then I'd offer my best wishes to you and ask that you please not forget to leave a Positive Rating so I receive credit for my work.

Of course, please feel free to ask any follow up questions in this thread. I want to be sure that all of your questions are answered. In addition, once you issue your Positive Rating the question will lock open and no longer time out so you can come back to it anytime in the future if you think of any follow ups.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Oh there are more texts..and they mention the videos.
He says he wants money or sex or the videos or he has someone interested in buying them instead. He gives her a choice , he give her sec or money for the tapes. 200.00 each video.
Expert:  Dwayne B. replied 9 months ago.

That sounds more like the extortion referenced in the statute. However, it depends on the exact language. The text you sent doesn't have enough in it.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
This is what she sent me..u can tell which ones are hers and then his responses
Expert:  Dwayne B. replied 9 months ago.

I still don't think that text alone gets to the level of a crime. There are too many unanswered questions with it. If there was a witness explaining what it meant then it would be good evidence but not it just by itself.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Thanks.
Expert:  Dwayne B. replied 9 months ago.

You're very welcome.

If your question has been answered then I'd offer my best wishes to you and ask that you please not forget to leave a Positive Rating so I receive credit for my work.

Of course, please feel free to ask any follow up questions in this thread. I want to be sure that all of your questions are answered. In addition, once you issue your Positive Rating the question will lock open and no longer time out so you can come back to it anytime in the future if you think of any follow ups.

Related Legal Questions