Ridgefield Sugar Daddy Extortion Lawyer
While it is not strictly against the law in Connecticut to provide “intimate companionship” to someone else in exchange for money or some other form of compensation, threatening to harm another person unless they provide you with something of value is treated as a high-level felony in virtually every situation. With that in mind, getting in touch with a skilled Ridgefield “sugar daddy” Extortion lawyer after being accused of extorting someone you are or were a “sugar baby” for is vital to minimizing any criminal sanctions you may end up facing and to protecting your personal and professional interests.
Defining “Sugar Daddy” Extortion as a Criminal Offense
According to subsection (5) of Connecticut General Statutes § 53a-119, someone commits Larceny by Extortion by compelling someone else to give them money or something else of value by threatening, if that person does not provide the property in question, to harm them in any of the following ways:
- Damaging their personal property;
- Physically injuring them or some other person;
- Engaging in any other criminal behavior targeting them;
- Accusing them of committing a crime or otherwise causing criminal charges to be filed against them;
- Exposing private or sensitive information—regardless of whether it is true or false—in a way that will cause them to experience “hatred, contempt, or ridicule;”
- Harming their business by causing a strike or some other type of labor action, provided the perpetrator is not purportedly acting in the interests of a labor group of which they are a member;
- Testifying against them or refusing to testify in their favor in court or in any other proceeding under oath;
- Abusing a position they—the perpetrator—hold in government; and/or
- Doing anything that will adversely affect them without benefiting the perpetrator.
Under C.G.S. § 53a-122, Larceny by Extortion is always Larceny in the First Degree regardless of the amount of money involved. As any Ridgefield “sugar daddy” Extortion defense attorney can affirm, this means a conviction for extorting a “sugar daddy” could carry up to 20 years of imprisonment plus a maximum of $15,000 in fines.
Effectively Contesting Extortion Charges
Importantly, every component of “Extortion” as defined in the Connecticut Penal Code must be present for someone to be convicted under C.G.S. § 53a-122. Accordingly, the most effective defenses against “sugar daddy” Extortion charges revolve around proving that the behavior the defendant displayed did not rise to the level of criminal Extortion.
For example, if someone simply requests more money from a “sugar daddy” in order to continue their relationship, they have not committed “Extortion” since they have not threatened to cause harm to that “sugar daddy” as defined above. Likewise, if someone threatens to harm a “sugar daddy” without any financial element to their threat, they may face criminal charges for the threat itself but would likely not be subject to prosecution for an offense as severe as Extortion.
Work With a Ridgefield “Sugar Daddy” Extortion Attorney
Allegations of Extortion made by someone who was recently your “sugar daddy” can be complicated on both legal and personal levels, and the stakes of your criminal proceedings can be exceptionally high. Put all this together, and you have a very good reason to seek help from a legal professional who has handled similar cases efficiently and effectively in the past. Call the Law Offices of Mark Sherman today to learn how a Ridgefield “sugar daddy” Extortion lawyer can assist you during a confidential consultation, and click here to view over 300 certified reviews from past clients.