What is the Law on Extortion in Indiana and What are the Punishments for it?
When a person threatens anyone to achieve property, advantages, or money unlawfully, it is considered as criminal activity under the law of extortion in the state of Indiana. In Indiana, intimidation and harassment are included within the extortion law. When an individual threatens for intimidation or to keep the sufferer in fear, he or she is convicted for the charge of the criminal activities of intimidation and harassment under the law on extortion in Indiana.
The Law on Extortion in the State of Indiana
The criminal activities, which are considered as intimidation under the law on extortion in Indiana, are when a person commits threat intentionally to anybody for doing some criminal activities such as:
- Apply force to anybody to perform activities unwillingly
- Place anybody in fear of revenge due to an unlawful act which happened in the past
- Do unlawful activities to remove other persons from their building, home or vehicle
This type of intimidation is charged for a misdemeanor of Class A.
According to a felony of level 6, a person threatens anybody forcefully to perform a felony and also threatens to engage the persons who are as follows.
- An official of law enforcement
- A school employee
- A witness within any kind of delaying proceedings of crime against an individual who had threatened
- An employee of the department of community correction
- An individual who uses school property or any kind of entity of the government
- A worker of a religious organization, hospital, church, an owner of a structure or building or an employee of his or her building or structure
- An individual who was convicted in earlier for different criminal activities with the same sufferer
When the person threatens anybody forcefully to use a deadly weapon, he or she is convicted with the charge of a felony of level 5.
According to the activities of harassment under the law on extortion, an individual intentionally harasses, alarms or annoys anybody to involve criminal activities which are as follows.
- Creates a phone call
- Makes communication with an individual through email, telegraph and other types of written communication.
- Delivers a pornographic message or filthy words on a service channel of Citizens Radio
- By using a network of computer or other types of electronic communication to connect with an individual or transfer a pornographic message or filthy words to an individual.
What are the Punishments for the Conviction Under the Law on Extortion in Indiana?
When an individual is convicted with the charge of a misdemeanor of Class A, he or she is punished with imprisonment for a minimum of 6 months within the state prison. When an individual is convicted with the charge of a felony of Level 6, he or she is punished with imprisonment for six months to two and a half years. Moreover, when an individual is convicted with the charge of a felony of Level of 5, he or she is punished with imprisonment for a maximum of 6 years within a state prison.
An individual is convicted with the charges of a felony of Level 6 for doing criminal activities such as cyberbully and he or she is punished with imprisonment for six months to two and half years within the state prison and a fine of a maximum of $10,000 or both. Moreover, a person is convicted with the charge of a Class B misdemeanor due to the criminal activities of harassment and he or she is punished with imprisonment for 180 days and a fine of a maximum of $1,000 or both.