Criminal Coercion (N.J.S.A. 2C:13-5) and Theft by Extortion (N.J.S.A. 2C:20-5) share many elements, but their primary difference is in the purpose of the threats employed.
In a Criminal Coercion case, the purpose of the threat is to unlawfully restrain another’s freedom to act as they will.
In a Theft by Extortion case, the purpose of the threats is to obtain goods, money, or services unlawfully.
It is possible to be charged with both Criminal Coercion and Theft by Extortion together, but either charge should be addressed with the utmost seriousness, and they carry significant criminal penalties if convicted.
Attorney Matthew Reisig is an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney who helps protects clients in all counties in the state from charges of Criminal Coercion and Theft by Extortion.
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