Extortion is obtaining property or money through force or threats. Extortion occurs when a person threatens to commit violence, accuse the victim of a crime, or reveal private information or information that would be damaging to the victim. The elements of this crime are: (1) a threatening communication; (2) made with the intent of forcing a person to provide money or property; and (3) causing the victim fear. Extortion is an extremely serious charge. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you evaluate the charges against you and guide you through the options that are available. In some cases, you may be able to get the charges thrown out all together or at the least have your charges reduced. Contact Howard Haake at (314) 325-9868 or (636) 332-5555 for a free consultation regarding your extortion charge and learn what rights and remedies are best for your situation.