Extortion, or theft by extortion, is more commonly known as blackmail. In Arizona, a person commits theft by extortion by obtaining someone else's property or services by threatening to do any of the following:
Read on to learn more about Arizona theft by extortion laws, including the elements of the crime and potential penalties.
Arizona Theft by Extortion Laws at a Glance
The penalties for a conviction of theft by extortion in Arizona are covered in the table below.
Crime / Sentence
If someone obtains someone else's property or services by threatening to: cause physical injury to anyone by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument or cause death or serious physical injury to anyone, or by any other meens.
If someone obtains someone else's property or services by threatening to do anything else:
Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
Potential Defenses to an Extortion Charge
A potential defense to theft by extortion is if the property obtained by threat of accusation, exposure, lawsuit or other invocation of official action was lawfully claimed either as:
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Theft by extortion carries serious criminal penalties. However, there are various defenses that apply to the crime. If you want to learn more about the penalties or defenses associated with theft by extortion in Arizona, you can contact a local attorney for a free initial case review at no obligation today.
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