Extortion

Los Angeles Extortion Defense Lawyer

WHAT IS YOUR BEST STRATEGY IF YOU HAVE AN EXTORTION CHARGE PENDING IN ONE OF THE LOS ANGELES COURTHOUSES?

In practicing criminal defense in Los Angeles over the past 25 years, I can safely say that there are not a lot of extortion cases file. If someone is charged with extortion, then the prosecutors will usually assign a special prosecutor to deal with it. In most criminal cases, there is no specific prosecutor assigned. However, in an extortion case, a prosecutor would likely be assigned because persons who commit these type of offenses are viewed as more sophisticated and dangerous than your average criminal offender. Therefore, my first suggestion to you would be to find a criminal defense attorney that is savvy, experienced and can effectively deal with these more experienced prosecutors.

The next thing I would do is put together a list of questions for the attorney that you are considering hiring to defend you. When you make a decision to hire an attorney, you want to make sure that they can effectively answer all of your questions and you feel comfortable with them as a person. When I meet with clients, my goal is to figure out exactly what their problem is, answer all of their questions and develop an effective strategy to defend them. That strategy can take many different forms, depending on what the person did and what evidence is available to the prosecutors against them.

In my experience, when a person charged with a criminal offense has an attorney that they feel comfortable with and a solid plan in place to deal with their case, it makes a huge difference in their stress level and their ability to assist their attorney with the case. Moreover, I find that when a person feels like they are being properly represented and they understand what they are up against, they are in a better frame of mind to make the necessary decisions to come to a successful resolution of their case. I really try and make a point of having my clients understand the “nitty gritty” issues related to their case and I find this makes for the best attorney client relationship and eventually makes for the most advantageous result for them.

WHAT IS EXTORTION

A charge with extortion is usually applied when someone uses some sort of threat (blackmail, harm etc) to receive property, or some good from the other. In Los Angeles County, extortion is a serious offense, and treated as such by the courts. That being said, often a charge of extortion is levied against a party whom the government is attempting to leverage a separate charge from. In essence, the party may have some of the elements of extortion, but not all of them, and the government using the charge of extortion as a way to get them to confess to a lesser charge. While this may or may not be relevant in every charge of extortion, it is something to be considered as a party defends themselves in our criminal justice system.