Extortion is punishable under a variety of federal, state, and local statutes. Federally, extortion by a federal official or employee is a crime punishable by up to three-years’ (3) imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.00. Blackmail involving extortion in exchange for agreeing not to report a violation of federal law is also a federal crime punishable by up to one year (1) in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00. Extortion which affects interstate commerce, extortion “under color of official right”, and certain forms of extortion by labor unions are also punishable under the federal Hobbs Act by up to twenty-years’ (20) imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.00. Finally, travel in interstate or foreign commerce in order to distribute the proceeds of extortion, to commit a crime of violence in furtherance of extortion, or otherwise to promote, manage, or establish an act of extortion is punishable under the federal Travel Act by a maximum term of life imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.00.
Given the high stakes involved, it is imperative that individuals facing federal extortion charges choose an attorney with the knowledge and experience necessary to defend such a case. I have chosen to focus my practice on White Collar Crimes, including extortion matters. I fight hard to enforce the rights of my clients, and I believe in the integrity of that fight.
Over the last 40 years, I have earned a successful track record in high stakes white collar matters and have argued before the United States Supreme Court as well as other federal courts throughout the country. If you have questions or concerns about a federal extortion matter, I invite you to contact me directly to discuss it at (212) 639-1600 or Patrick@MullinDefense.com. You will discuss your concerns with me personally—never an associate or a paralegal. In addition, you should know that your contact with me, and with my firm, is privileged under the law, regardless of whether or not you decide to retain my firm to represent you.