Colorado Criminal Extortion Defense Lawyers

In Col­orado, a per­son com­mits crim­i­nal extor­tion if he or she makes cer­tain threats in order to induce another per­son to act against unwill­ingly. Gen­er­ally, for a per­son to be con­victed of crim­i­nal extor­tion, he or she must threaten to con­fine, restrain, injure, cause eco­nomic harm to, or dam­age the prop­erty or rep­u­ta­tion of the threat­ened per­son or another per­son. Fur­ther, the sus­pect must fur­ther threaten to achieve such a result by either per­form­ing an unlaw­ful act, caus­ing an unlaw­ful act to be per­formed, or by 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.

How­ever, if the per­son threat­ens to use chem­i­cal, bio­log­i­cal, or harm­ful radioac­tive agents, weapons, or poi­son, he or she com­mits aggra­vated crim­i­nal extortion.

Alter­na­tively, a per­son com­mits crim­i­nal extor­tion if, in order to induce another per­son to unwill­ingly give the per­son money or any other item of value, threat­ens to report someone’s immi­gra­tion sta­tus to law enforce­ment officials.

Crim­i­nal extor­tion is a class 4 felony that car­ries a pre­sump­tive min­i­mum sen­tence of two years of impris­on­ment and a pre­sump­tive max­i­mum sen­tence of six years. Under extra­or­di­nary aggra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances, a court may impose a sen­tence of more than six years, and under extra­or­di­nary mit­i­gat­ing cir­cum­stances, a court may impose a sen­tence of less than two years.

Aggra­vated crim­i­nal extor­tion is a class 3 felony that car­ries a pre­sump­tive min­i­mum sen­tence of four years of impris­on­ment and a pre­sump­tive max­i­mum sen­tence of twelve years. Under extra­or­di­nary aggra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances, a court may impose a sen­tence of more than twelve years, and under extra­or­di­nary mit­i­gat­ing cir­cum­stances, a court may impose a sen­tence of less than four years.