Texas Extortion Laws
Texas extortion law charges the crime as theft (see Texas Theft Laws). Extortion occurs when an individual gains property or money by some type of force or threat of violence, property damage, harm to reputation or unfavorable government action. The difference between this kind of threat and robbery is that the victim is not placed in imminent (or immediate) fear of physical danger. Instead, the threatened conduct could occur sometime in the future and could affect things other than the victim's physical body, such as his or her reputation.
Example: Bob goes to Joe's home and threatens to vandalize Joe's brand new car if Joe does not pay Bob $1,000. Bob agrees to pay Joe because he fears that Joe will in fact damage his new car.
Proving extortion can be difficult without some type of audio or video recording of the threat made, since it can end up being one person's word against the other in the absence of evidence.
In the similar crime of bribery, an individual offers or accepts something of value in exchange for influence on a public official or employee. Additionally, extortion charges often are related to the types of criminal enterprises targeted by racketeering laws.
Texas Extortion Laws: Overview
Below you will find key information on Texas extortion statutes, penalties, and possible defenses. Always consult with a criminal defense attorney before entering a plea deal or agreeing to plead guilty.
|Texas extortion laws offer a wide variety of penalties. The factor that determines the severity of the punishment if convicted is the amount or value of the goods, services or cash that the defendant gains from the crime.
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.
Texas Extortion Laws: Related Resources
Facing Criminal Charges? Contact a Texas Defense Attorney
No one should face criminal charges alone in Texas. While you have the right to represent yourself in court, it is highly inadvisable. Your best bet is to let an experienced criminal defense attorney help you through your case and present the facts on your behalf. Don't delay; contact a Texas defense attorney today.
You Don’t Have To Solve This on Your Own – Get a Lawyer’s Help
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.
Next Steps: Search for a Local Attorney
Contact a qualified attorney.