Blackmail occurs when an individual threatens to release information that could damage another individual's reputation, career, or relationships, and it is a one of the most common types of extortion crimes in Arizona. Bribery, another well-known extortion crime, happens when valuables or money are used to influence the actions or behavior of someone in a position of dependence or trust. If someone accepts a bribe in Arizona, they too can be convicted of extortion.
Theft by Extortion in AZ
Extortion is when someone steals or takes something from another person by using threatening words or actions. A.R.S. 13-1804 states that a person can be accused of theft by extortion if they knowingly obtain or attempt to obtain items with one or more of the following threats: oTake away another person's property oRelease confidential information about another person, exposing them to public ridicule oFile criminal charges against another person oCause physical harm, injury, or property damage to another person or their property oUse false or true information to ruin another person's credit oAccuse another person of a crime
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