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.