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DuPage County Extortion Defense Lawyer

Defending You Against Extortion Charges In Federal And State Courts

Simply put, extortion is a criminal offense involving obtaining something — money, services, goods — by using threats or 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 relationship 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 have an experienced criminal 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 defense on your behalf. Mr. Nathe understands how to present effective cases to judges and juries.

Contact Our DuPage County Extortion Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with extortion or being part of a "shakedown" in Illinois, do not delay. Call 630-416-7600, 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.

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