Federal extortion is demanding ransom or threatening to harm a person’s reputation or property or falsely accusing someone of a crime intending to extort them. Federal law applies if crossing state or international lines in making the extortion attempt physically, by mail, phone, or other communication means.
If you are suspected or accused of extortion you must immediately retain a Charles Town criminal defense lawyer who handles extortion cases. The lawyer can protect your rights, challenge the government’s evidence, and form your defense. If you choose, the lawyer also may negotiate a plea bargain to achieve a reduced sentence.
In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.
A reputable attorney will be very upfront about how he/she will charge you. The three most common fee structures that attorneys use to charge for their services are:
Depending on your specific legal situation, it’s possible that only one type of fee structure is available. For instance, criminal defense attorneys almost always bill by the hour. In a flat fee arrangement, an attorney accepts a one-time payment to help you resolve your issue. With a contingent fee agreement, the client pays little to nothing upfront and the attorney receives a percentage of the money recovered if you win your case.
Personal jurisdiction – Requirement that a particular court have authority over a person, in order to bind that person to the judgment of the court, based on minimum contacts. International Shoe Co v. Washington is a landmark Supreme Court case outlining the scope of a state court’s reach in personal jurisdiction.