Extortion with Threats to Destroy Property

by Doogue & O'Brien Criminal Defence Lawyers

How serious is Extortion with Threats to Destroy Property? What’s the maximum penalty and which Melbourne Court hears this charge?

Extortion with Threats to Destroy Property is a very serious offence which normally carries a prison term on a finding of guilt. It is an indictable offence and is primarily heard in the County Court. There is a maximum penalty of 10-year imprisonment for anyone found guilty of Extortion with Threats to Destroy Property

 

The legislation on Extortion with Threats to Destroy Property

Section 58 of the Crimes Act 1958 is the relevant law for Extortion with Threats to Destroy Property and is as follows:

               

Extortion with Threats to Destroy Property

                                                                     

A person who makes a demand of another person with a threat to destroy, or endanger the safety of, a building, structure in the nature of a building, bridge, mine, aircraft, vessel, motor vehicle, railway engine or railway carriage is guilty of an indictable offence. Penalty: Level 5 imprisonment (10 years maximum).

 

Pleading guilty or not guilty to Extortion with Threats to Destroy Property in a Melbourne Court

Deciding on whether to plead guilty to Extortion with Threats to Destroy Property or not has important implications for you and should be made after proper discussions with a criminal defence solicitor. If you are found guilty, there could be severe consequences.

 

Elements of the charge of Extortion with Threats to Destroy Property

The Prosecution must show that the accused made a demand from another person. The demand must have been accompanied by a threat to destroy property or a threat that, when carried out given the circumstances, will endanger the life of a person other than the offender or the offender’s accomplice.

 

Defending the charge of Extortion with Threats to Destroy Property in a Melbourne Court

Defending the charge of Extortion with Threats to Destroy Property often involves criminal defences like factual disputes and lack of intent.

 

For more information on Extortion with Threats to Destroy Property, you may visit the Australian Defence Lawyers Association site (click here) and also the Doogue & O’Brien Melbourne Criminal Lawyers site (here).

 

Doogue & O’Brien Melbourne can provide you more detail about this

Our Head Office is at 5/221 Queen Street, Melbourne

Phone (03) 9670 5111 (24 hrs if you are in a Police Station)


http://www.criminal-lawyers.com.au/about-us/melbourne-criminal-lawyers

 

This article was written on July 30, 2012 and relates to the law as it stands at this time.

 



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