According to the news, a 22-year-old woman was arrested after she allegedly tried to get another woman to pay her $20 for a lost kitten. Apparently, a woman in the same circle of friends as the 22-year-old had posted that the kitten was lost. That's when the 22-year-old contacted the cat owner, saying she had her cat and wanted at least $20 or “something bad” would happen to the kitten. The 22-year-old was apparently trying to get revenge for how the kitten owner treated one of her friends. She later admitted she sent out the text messages to the kitten owner while she was out drinking with her friends. In Denver, Conejos County and across Colorado, the 22-year-old could be charged with Extortion. If you've been charged with Extortion anywhere in Colorado, contact an Extortion lawyer at our office today.
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Definition of Extortion in Jefferson County, Colorado
A person commits criminal extortion, C.R.S. 18-3-207, in Jefferson County, Arapahoe County and everywhere else in Colorado 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 (1) by:
(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.”If you've been charged with Extortion, contact our Extortion attorneys today!
Extortion Lawyer in Jefferson County: Threatening the $20 in Exchange for a Kitten – Is it Extortion?
Since the 22-year-old allegedly made a threat to hurt the kitten if the kitten owner did not pay the $20, without legal authority and with intent to induce the kitten owner against her will to pay the $20, she could be charged with Extortion in Colorado. She threatened to hurt the kitten and kept the kitten unlawfully, which would be considered Extortion in Jefferson County and across Colorado.
Extortion Sentence in Adams County and Across Colorado
In Adams County, Douglas County and across Colorado, Criminal Extortion is a class 4 felony. Aggravated Criminal Extortion, however, is a class 3 felony. An accusation or charge of Criminal Extortion or Aggravated Criminal Extortion in Colorado should never be taken lightly. Always involve a top Extortion lawyer at the O'Malley Law Office as soon as possible if facing any charges or accusations of Extortion. An experienced lawyer can make all the difference in your criminal case.
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