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Extortion is the act of threatening a person in exchange for money, property or favors. Depending on the severity of the crime, the penalty for extortion can vary. Extortion generally involves the threat of exposing a person's personal information to the public but can also involve the threat of violent acts in an attempt to gain something for the offender's silence. There are many forms of extortion. Below are just a few of the more popular questions regarding extortion that has been answered by experts.

What is the difference between robbery and extortion?

Robbery is the act of one person taking personal property or money from another individual by using force to take, to take without the consent of the person, or with the intent to steal on the part of the offender. Premeditation isn't required for the act to be considered robbery.

Once the robber has the property, the crime has been committed. This means the robber doesn't have to leave the scene for the act to be a crime. The mere fact that the person took another person's property is sufficient enough to be considered a crime.

Another difference between robbery and extortion is that in a robbery, immediate harm to the victim is the extent of the threat. Extortion however has a variety of ways of threatening the victim.

Extortion is the act of gaining money or something else of value by threatening the victim with injury, death or other forms of illegal harm. Coercion and intimidation are also tools of extortion. When a person commits extortion, they usually use threats of personal injury or blackmail. This would include threatening to do damage to a person's reputation, job, and way of life or even marriage. Most extortion doesn't involve violence however, violence is involved when a person is forced to engage in sexual acts against their will in exchange for another person to not file charges, reveal embarrassing information to the public (affair, sexual preference, illegal acts etc.). The act of extortion or blackmail by way of having sex with another person is also considered rape.

In some states, it only takes the threat to another person to be considered extortion, while in most states, there has to be money or other valuable asset to actually change hands before extortion can be constituted.

I am the current victim of extortion. An escort is threatening to go public unless I pay. What is my first step?

In a situation like this, it may be best to try and negotiate a deal with the escort without the involvement of the police. You could tell the escort that the penalty for extortion is 15 years in prison and you will not pay anything for her silence. Also, you can tell her that if she continues to harass you or if she releases this to the public; you will not hesitate to file extortion charges against her. This may or may not work, however the escort may leave you alone without the involvement of the court.

If the escort continues, you can report the situation to the police. If the escort is prosecuted for extortion, your secret may be exposed. There are no laws that protect the information or identity of an extortion victim. Soliciting a prostitute is a lesser crime than extortion. If the prosecutor decided to charge you, it may be possible to work out an agreement with the prosecution and have your charges dropped by testifying against the escort.

What is the penalty for extortion if found guilty in Georgia? An ex-girlfriend has threatened to spread personal information about me if I don't pay several thousand in cash.

The punishment for extortion in Georgia is 1-10 years in prison and a fine. This includes a threat to expose information about a person which may harm them in some way in order to get money. A threat is all that is required. You can file a complaint with your local police station.

Can my contractor be charged with extortion? We agreed that he would be paid $6000 but he still wants another $6,000.

It doesn't appear that your contractor would be arrested or even charged with extortion. The reason for this is in order for this to be considered extortion; the contractor would have to try to obtain the money through coercion. In this situation, the contractor could claim that the job cost was underestimated and it required more money to finish. Also, this would probably be civil, not criminal; therefore the police would not arrest him.

Extortion can create stressful and intimidating situations for the victim and result in years of jail time for the offender. There are laws that protect a person from extortion and offer some form of assistance tot eh victim. If you have questions regarding extortion, you should ask an Expert for legal insight.
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