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Extortion or Threatening Behavior

The term “blackmail” is thrown around quite a bit as a synonym for extortion or threatening behavior

The term “blackmail” is thrown around quite a bit as a synonym for extortion or threatening behavior, but in reality, there are conditions that need to be in place for threatening behavior to be considered extortion or blackmail. Under the law, extortion is the demand for some sort of benefit (usually money) through force or threats. For example, someone threatening to hit you would not be considered extortion. Someone threatening to hit you unless you give them $20 would be considered extortion.

Blackmail is even more specific than that. In order for a threat to escalate to blackmail, someone has to threaten to release sensitive or damaging information about someone else, unless they receive some sort of benefit. Many things can be considered sensitive or damaging, including but not limited to past criminal behavior, financial status or struggles, and intimate material that could embarrass someone or cause damage to a reputation. The benefits blackmailers can demand also vary greatly.

Someone Threatening to Release a Nude Picture

They can include but are not limited to monetary gain, workplace advancements, or sexual favors. For example, someone threatening to release a nude picture of you unless you continue dating them is blackmailing you, and it is illegal.

The threat to distribute revenge porn is an effective way to control someone. Often, the victim of the blackmail figures that succumbing to the perpetrator is the path of least resistance, and they give in to the demands hoping that eventually, it will all go away. In our experience, that is rarely the case. It is much more common for the situation to escalate.

If you or a loved one are being extorted or blackmailed, then you need legal professionals working on your behalf. Call us today to discuss the details of your case. We will help you to understand what is happening to you, we will explain exactly how your abuser is breaking the law, and we will get justice.