Extortion

Extortion (Blackmail) in California

Penal Code 518 PC

Under Penal Code 518 PC, the California crime of extortion (also known as “blackmail”) occurs when you do any of the following:

  1. use force or threats to compel another person to give you money or other property,
  2. use force or threats to compel a public officer to perform an official act, or
  3. if you are a public official, act under color of your official right to compel another person to give you money or other property.

Penalties

Extortion In California in most cases is a felony . The penalties are two (2), three (3) or four (4) years in State prison, and/or a ten thousand dollar ($10,000) fine.