Extortion Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Extortion, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Extortion?

n. Threatening a victim’s property or loved ones through intimidation or false claim in order to obtain money or property. This is a felony is most states. A direct threat to harm an individual is treated as the crime of robbery. Blackmail is a form of extortion when the threat to make embarrassing or damaging information public.