Blackmail Criminal Defense Lawyer on Long Island
Experienced Long Island Criminal Attorney
Blackmail (also known as "extortion") is the act of using threatening
means to obtain money or some sort of other property. If a person is being
blackmailed, they are likely under the impression something bad will happen
to them if they do not turn over property or money. This is a serious
crime that is classified as a felony under New York state law. Prosecutors
try cases of blackmail aggressively in our state's courts, seeking
the harshest penalties for offenders.
At The Law Offices of Scott Gross, P.C., our Long Island white collar crime
lawyer vigorously fights for those accused of blackmail crimes. We numerous
years of experience representing the criminally accused and are led by a
former prosecutor, giving us insight into the legal of the other side. With thousands of
cases under our belts, we are more than prepared to take on your case!
Penalties for Blackmail
Under Section 155 of the New York Penal Code, blackmail crimes are classified
as "grand larceny," or theft. The law defines two kinds of criminal
charges involving extortion.
These crimes include the following:
Grand larceny in the fourth degree: Blackmail of any property, which is a class E felony that carries up to
four years in prison.
Grand larceny in the second degree: Blackmail involving fear that the victim will be harmed, which is a class
C felony carrying up to 15 years in prison
The potential consequences for a blackmail charge are incredibly serious,
and if convicted, you can face years in prison, not to mention thousands
of dollars in fines. Thus, it is important to get a knowledgeable legal
advocate on your side to protect your rights and defend your name in court.
For your free initial consultation, call us today. We are ready to stand
in your corner.