Continuing from White Collar Crimes: An Overview of Extortion (Part 1), the following outlines some additional information regarding the nature and severity of extortion charges and penalties. While Part 1 focused on defining the nature of extortion and the various manners in which it is typically carried out, here in Part 2, we will take a closer look at criminal versus aggravated extortion charges.

Criminal and Aggravated Extortion Charges

Whether the accused has a criminal record and whether anyone was injured during the alleged extortion offense will factor into how severe the given charges end up being. Another relevant factor that prosecutors usually consider will be whether a weapon was used during the alleged offense; if so, prosecutors may be more inclined to file  the more serious charge of aggravated extortion. Both criminal extortion and aggravated extortion are typically filed as felony charges, with:

  • Class 4 felony charges being associated with criminal extortion cases. Convictions on these charges can result in up to 12 years in prison (and up to 16 years if the specific extortion offenses are considered to be extraordinary risk crimes) and fines of up to $500,000.
  • Class 3 felony charges being associated with aggravated extortion cases. Convictions on these charges can result in up to 24 years in prison (and up to 32 years if the specific extortion offenses are considered to be extraordinary risk crimes) and fines of up to $750,000.

Denver Extortion Defense Lawyers

The authorities take allegations of extortion and felony crimes, particularly when they have allegedly been committed by individuals who have a criminal record or when they involve multiple victims, extremely seriously, and these charges – even if a person is ultimately acquitted of them – can have a devastating impact on a person’s personal and professional life. If you or a loved one has been accused of any felony or misdemeanor crime in Denver, you will need an experienced defense attorney who is dedicated to defending your rights.

At the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara, our skilled Denver extortion criminal defense lawyers are committed to providing the accused with the best possible defense and to working tirelessly to helping them resolve their case as favorably as possible. As soon as you start working with our trusted criminal defense lawyers, we will begin investigating your case, interviewing witnesses and compiling evidence to support your defense. We will also work diligently to get the prosecution’s evidence against you thrown out of court and, whenever possible, to get the charges against you reduced or potentially even dismissed entirely. To learn more about your legal rights and receive expert advice on how to proceed with your case, contact us at (720) 379-8262.