Blackmail, Extortion and Harassment Protection and Investigation
When you receive the first email, phone call, text or other communication, the thought racing through your head is something along the line of, “I am being extorted and blackmailed. What do I do? Who should I call? Is this ever going to end?” While no criminal attorney or Extortion lawyer can answer your question with complete certainty, if you take the right steps, follow the guidance of your counsel, and seize control of the situation, then you can put yourself in the best position to end your victimization and harassment.
- Extortion and Blackmail: Understanding the New York Criminal Law
- Aggravated Harassment
- General Crimes of Harassment and Fear
- Revenge Porn
- Computer Crimes
When you are threatened, harassed, blackmailed, hacked or extorted, or a person attempts to do the same, there are steps you can take and avenues you can pursue to protect yourself. Do not let your fear dictate your response. Be rational and thorough. While every case is unique, victimization doesn’t end by ignoring it. Instead, families are destroyed and careers tarnished.Law Enforcement
Go directly to a law enforcement agency such as the NYPD, Manhattan District Attorney, or Brooklyn District Attorney. In such a scenario, detectives and / or prosecutors can investigate allegations while utilizing both the court system and New York Penal Law as a sword and shield. Certainly, there is no dispute that law enforcement has the ability to make controlled calls, subpoena text, email, computer and mobile phone records and execute search warrants. However, before going to law enforcement there are many questions that must be asked. Should you attempt to go directly to prosecutors and bypass the police or filing of a complaint at your local precinct? Even if you know you want to go to law enforcement, can your attorney and a private investigator build a case and secure evidence in a more efficient manner that also limits public exposure? Addressing the latter, can you be assured privacy when you go to law enforcement and once you do so, who controls the case trajectory, you or a prosecutor? Simply, this route may be the correct one for you, but without advocacy from counsel, how long will it take you law enforcement to respond? An arrest of your extorter or harasser and an order of protection may be the only way to stop him or her and secure you an order of protection, but before engaging law enforcement understand your options first.Family Court
Another route to stop harassment is to pursue an order of protection in Family Court. While this is not a criminal court with criminal consequences to your menacer, a mechanism exists to give you an order of protection without an arrest. That said, you abuser must have some intimate or familial relationship and there will be a potentially public proceeding. If secrecy and privacy is important to you, then this may not be your best option for protection and to bring an end to your victimization.
There is a reason why high net worth individuals, accomplished business persons, celebrities and anyone in the public domain, or those simply recognizing the necessity for privacy as it relates to their home and professional life, seek counsel to manage threats of extortion and harassment. This is why the New York criminal lawyers and former prosecutors at Crotty Saland PC have represented these very same people. Stepping away from any law enforcement or pseudo law enforcement involvement, your lawyer, along with investigators and former detectives, can take on the role of prosecutor to best terminate the blackmail, harassment and threats in a discrete manner. A cease and desist letter and visit from investigators can be extremely persuasive while limiting public exposure. At the same time, because your attorneys and former detectives have either developed or put together a case based on controlled calls, a review of text or email records and statements from your blackmailer, should you decide to go to law enforcement Crotty Saland PC can potentially bring the packaged case directly to a prosecutor. Equally important, you remain in control of the case, not a detective or prosecutor, while building that case should your extorter or harasser remain non-compliant.
Ultimately, there are many wild cards in handling the dynamic nature of Extortion, Blackmail, Aggravated Harassment, Stalking, Computer Fraud or other form of victimization by an ex-lover, affair, business partner or some random individual who may, or may not, have damaging information about you. Getting in front of the issue and seeking the service of an experienced attorney in these matters can mean the difference between shame, humiliation, ongoing financial and marital trauma or ruin and closure to a harrowing and anxiety driven experience.
Don’t act rashly and delete emails or texts from your harasser. Don’t merely react and block your extorter. Don’t acquiesce to criminal demands for money with the hope that if you are compliant life will return to normal. Protect yourself and get the answers you need to make an informed decision - one that will undoubtedly threaten your livelihood, career or relationships.
There is no greater time then now to seek out advocacy, knowledge and experience. The alternative is devastation.
Call the Former Manhattan Prosecutors and Blackmail Lawyers at (212) 312-7129 or contact us online today.