Extortion Defense Lawyer in Naperville

Simply put, extortion is a criminal offense involving obtaining something — money, services, goods — by using threats, coercion or by pretending to be someone else. Blackmail is also extortion, committed by threatening to release embarrassing or damaging information to the public about someone unless that person gives you something, usually money.

At The Law Office of Philip R. Nathe, our attorney defends those accused of extortion, bribery, and similar crimes in federal and state courts in Illinois. Based in Naperville, our firm is prepared to meet with you to answer your questions and help you understand the charges you face. Led by DuPage County extortion defense lawyer Philip Nathe, who is a former prosecutor, we form solid strategies uniquely tailored to the needs of each individual client. We do everything we can to protect our clients' rights and reputations.

Examples of Extortion

We encourage you to contact us today if you are accused of extortion or any other crime related to:

  • Making threats in person, over the phone, through email, through regular mail or any other means
  • Claiming to be a government agent or law enforcement official
  • Using "catfishing" — luring someone into an online relationship and leveraging that to obtain money
  • Making threats of violence and requiring payment of money to prevent future threats
  • Exaction — obtaining something through force or by inflicting pain and suffering
  • Blackmail — Threatening to release information about someone unless you receive money

Protecting Your Rights From Investigations Through Trial

A conviction for extortion (sometimes called blackmail, outwresting or exaction) in federal or state court carries with it significant fines, jail time and a criminal record. Even a failed attempt to extort something could result in a jail sentence. Whether you are under investigation or have already been charged, it is critical to put an experienced defense lawyer on your side.

Our Illinois law firm will immediately get to work on our own investigation on your behalf. It is important that you get us involved as soon as possible, because early intervention is often the key to achieving a positive result in an extortion case. If we cannot get the charges dismissed early on and the case goes to trial, you can rely on our attorney to mount a strong case. Mr. Nathe understands how to present effective cases to judges and juries.

Contact The Law Office of Philip R. Nathe

If you are charged with extortion or being part of a "shakedown" in Illinois, do not delay. Call 630-364-4621, toll free at 888-583-6197 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. We accept Visa and MasterCard as payment for our services.