Baltimore Extortion Lawyer
We Help Defendants Even the Playing Field
Extortion is the act of acquiring money, property, or favors through coercive means. One of the most basic and well-known examples of this is the classic “mob shakedown”—a man speaks with a business owner and implies that harm will come to him or his establishment if he does not pay protection fees. Extortion can take many different forms. Blackmail, demands for a bribe, and threats of violence can all be aspects of an extortion charge.
Courts and prosecutors take extortion charges very seriously. At Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, our experienced extortion attorneys in Baltimore can help you level the playing field with the prosecution. We have years of experience defending clients from federal charges.
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While extortion charges are serious, the prosecution will need to gather significant evidence to prove them. The government typically leaves these cases to highly experienced and thorough prosecutors who know what to look for. The good news is that you do not need to counter every claim made by the prosecution. Your goal, with your attorney, is to establish reasonable doubt that you could have committed this crime.
Common defenses in extortion cases include:
- Insufficient evidence that extortion took place
- The defendant never intended to commit extortion
- The accuser provided money, services, or favors of their own free will
- The business techniques being alleged as “extortion” are completely legitimate and did not actually create a threatening situation for the accuser
Your attorney will need to carefully investigate the facts of the case to determine the best defense strategy for your situation.
Call an Attorney Before Your Arrest if Possible
If you have been questioned about an extortion scheme or believe you are under investigation, you should start talking to a criminal defense attorney right away. Anything you say to the police can be used against you if you are arrested. Even well-intentioned comments can be twisted to make you seem guilty.
Schedule a free initial consultation at that Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates to speak with an accomplished federal crime defense lawyer in Baltimore. We are relentless when fighting for our clients’ rights and freedom.
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