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Extortion Defense Attorneys in Dallas

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Extortion—or the attempt or actual gain of money, property, or benefits through the use of coercion, threats, or intimidation—is a serious federal crime that is punished harshly in all jurisdictions. If you have been accused of extortion in Texas, you need an experienced and capable criminal defense attorney on your side. Federal prosecutors will often seek the maximum penalties for extortion, including prison time, steep fines, and potential restitution to victims.

Reach out to the Dallas extortion defense lawyers at the Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC if you believe you are under investigation or if you have been arrested for or charged with extortion. Our legal team can help you build a solid defense and help ensure that your rights are protected.

For a confidential consultation, contact us online or by phone at (214) 238-9392. Se habla Español.

Types of Extortion

Extortion is an umbrella term that covers a variety of criminal offenses.

Types of extortion include:

  • Blackmail
  • Bribery
  • Cyber extortion
  • Racketeering

This list is not exhaustive. If you have been accused of extortion or a related offense, the Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC can help you take swift legal action to protect your rights. We represent individuals who have been accused of or charged with numerous different types of extortion.

Elements of Extortion

In order to obtain a conviction for extortion, the prosecution will need to show that the defendant:

  1. Willfully intended to take something of value (money, property, etc.) from another person/entity, and
  2. Attempted to do so or did so via threats, the use of force, or the instillation of fear in the victim.

Possible Legal Defenses to Extortion / Blackmail Charges

In extortion cases, the “threat” must be made verbally or in writing; it cannot simply be implied. Therefore, one defense to extortion is thelack of a verbal or written threat. Note, however, that the threat does not necessarily need to include the threat of physical harm. Threatening the victim’s livelihood, business, reputation, etc. is sufficient for a conviction.

Other possible defenses to extortion charges include:

  • Lack of intention
  • Insufficient evidence
  • Factual innocence
  • Proving property ownership
  • Lack of threat, fear, or force
  • Incapacity (including intoxication and insanity)

Accused of Blackmail or Another Extortion Crime in Dallas?

Our Dallas extortion attorneys have over 30 years of experience in the area of criminal defense, including past experience in federal prosecution. We are available 24/7 to assist you and, when you call, you are always connected with a real member of our staff—not an answering service.

Reach out to us today if you are under investigation for extortion. Call (214) 238-9392.

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  • Over Two Decades in the U.S. Marine Corps

    Attorney Patrick J. McLain tried his first jury trials during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He handles all cases with integrity and an unparalleled work-ethic.

  • Former Federal Prosecutor & Military Judge

    Attorney Patrick J. McLain's years of experience across the aisle provide him with a unique perspective.

  • Over 3500 Cases Successfully Handled

    Throughout his career, Patrick J. McLain has helped thousands of clients secure a better future for themselves through tenacious and aggressive representation.

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