To be convicted of criminal or aggravated extortion in Colorado, the prosecutor must convince the jury that you have committed the crime. Your criminal defense attorney will create a defense strategy to protect you in court, resulting in decreased or dismissed charges.
Some common defenses for criminal and aggravated extortion include:
- Insufficient evidence—The prosecutor doesn’t provide proper evidence that you committed the crime
- Proving the absence of threat or force—You didn’t make a threat or use force
- You were falsely accused—You were wrongly accused of extortion
Colorado Revised Statutes, CRS 18-3-207:
18-3-207. Criminal Extortion – Aggravated Extortion:
(1) A person commits criminal extortion if:
(a) The person, without legal authority and with the intent to induce another person against that other person’s will to perform an act or to refrain from performing a lawful act, makes a substantial threat to confine or restrain, cause economic hardship or bodily injury to, or damage the property or reputation of, the threatened person or another person; and
(b) The person threatens to cause the results described in paragraph (a) of this subsection
(I) Performing or causing an unlawful act to be performed; or
(II) Invoking action by a third party, including, but not limited to, the state or any of its political subdivisions, whose interests are not substantially related to the interests pursued by the person making the threat.
(1.5) A person commits criminal extortion if the person, with the intent to induce another person against that other person’s will to give the person money or another item of value, threatens to report to law enforcement officials the immigration status of the threatened person or another person.
(2) A person commits aggravated criminal extortion if, in addition to the acts described in subsection (1) of this section, the person threatens to cause the results described in paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of this section by means of chemical, biological, or harmful radioactive agents, weapons, or poison.
(3) For the purposes of this section, “substantial threat” means a threat that is reasonably likely to induce a belief that the threat will be carried out and is one that threatens that significant confinement, restraint, injury, or damage will occur.
(4) Criminal extortion, as described in subsections (1) and (1.5) of this section, is a class 4 felony. Aggravated criminal extortion, as described in subsection (2) of this section, is a class 3 felony.