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What Is the Law on Extortion in Vermont and What Are the Punishments for It?

Let’s define the law and punishment for extortion in Vermont, shall we? In simple terms.

The Crime and Criminal Procedure come under Chapter 39 – Extortion and Threats.

Definition and Penalty – 1701

Someone who threatens to accuse another person of a crime or offense maliciously or cause an injury to his or her person or property, and having intentions to extort money, then go ahead in compelling that person to do something against their will.

The penalty will be imprisonment for not more than three years or given a fine of not more than $500.00.

Criminal Threatening – 1702

This is where someone shall not knowingly by words or behavior:

(a) Threatens another person; and

(b) because of that threat makes that person believes he or she will be seriously injured or killed.

Such a person who violates this law will be fined not more than $1000.00 or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both.

Vermont Extortion Law

Also, this person who violates this law and endeavors to stop another person from reporting this crime to the Department for Children and Families the alleged neglect or abuse of a child shall be imprisoned for not more than two years or fined not more than $1000.00, or both.

Likewise, in this section, the words “serious bodily injury” has the same meaning as in section 1021. Equally, the words “threat” and “threaten” will not include the constitutionally protected activity.

Anyone who is under 18 years of age charged under this section will be arbitrated as a juvenile delinquent.

Similarly, it will be a positive defense to a charge under this section where this person did not have the capability to carry out such a threat. The load will be on the defendant to prove the assenting defense by most of the evidence.

Domestic Terrorism – 1703

As in this section, Domestic terrorism means operating in or taking a considerable step to commit a violation of the criminal laws of this state of Vermont with intentions to:

(a) cause grave/serious bodily injury or death to numerous persons; or

(b) threaten with mass destruction, kidnapping, mass killings any civilian population.

“Serious bodily injury” has a similar meaning as in section 1021 of this title and “substantial step” means the manner that is heavily corroborative of the actor’s intention to finish the actual offense.

Vermont Extortion Law

Someone who deliberately engages in an act of domestic terrorism will be fined not more than $50,000.00 or imprisoned for not more than 20 years, or both.

It will also be a positive defense to a charge under this section that the person abandoned his or her determination to commit the said crime or otherwise barred its instruction under conditions displaying a complete and voluntary denial of his or her criminal resolve.

Access to Computer for Fraudulent Purposes – 4103

Here we have the crime to access a computer for fraudulent purposes where someone shall not without lawful authority and deliberately to retrieve or cause to be retrieved from any computer, computer system, network for any of the following purposes:

(1) performing any scheme or pretense to defraud.

(2) obtain property, money or services by means of fraudulent or false deceits, promises, representations, or

(3) in connection to defraud, damage, destroy, alter, delete, copy, retrieve, interfere with or deny access to or remove any data or program contained there.

Someone who is convicted for the crime to defraud with the access of a computer shall be:

(a) if the value of said matter doesn’t exceed $500.00, not more than a fine of $500.00 or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both.


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