Also known as blackmailing, extortion is a crime that falls under the section 346 of the Criminal Code.

It can be quite a challenge when it comes to collecting debt from difficult debtors or obtaining something that you are owed. However, the situation gets out of hand when the collection takes form of threats or actual use of violence. This is called extortion. Our legal system treats extortion very seriously because it is often linked with gang activities. Extortion is quite a wide term. The seriousness of the case often depends on the evidence presented by the complainant.

Extortion is usually committed by people in a position of power. A person can be accused of extortion when he or she exercises their authority or power as a means of intimidation in order to get what they want.

Here’s the breakdown of what qualifies an act as extortion –

  1. One party attempts to induce another to cause or do something.
  2. The person intends to obtain anything or get something done.
  3. The person uses accusations, threats, violence, or menaces to induce or attempt to induce the other person to carry out the act.
  4. The person has no reasonable justification or excuse for making the person do something or cause something to happen.

If you have been charged with extortion, do get legal advice by consulting James Lee. He will analyze the severity of the situation and let you know if the act really was in fact extortion with the possible outcomes, as well as the necessary defence strategy available to mitigate the damage.