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Let’s discuss New York Penal Law § 135.60, which covers the crime of coercion in the second degree. I know facing criminal charges is scary, but understanding the law is power.
Penal Law § 135.60 states that someone is guilty of coercion in the second degree when they compel another person to engage in or abstain from certain conduct through instilling fear of:
Physical injury or economic harm to a person or property
Accusation of a crime or illegal immigration status exposure
Official action against foreign nations
Some examples of coercion charges:
Threatening to get someone fired unless they pay a debt
Using threats to make someone drop criminal charges
Compelling a witness to avoid testifying through intimidation
Coercion in the second degree is a Class A misdemeanor, carrying potential jail time up to 1 year. Fines up to $1,000 are also possible. So taking this seriously is crucial.
If you’ve been accused, here are some tips:
Don’t make any statements to police until you have expert legal counsel. Be polite, but invoke your right to remain silent. What you say prior to having a lawyer can be used against you.
Contact any potential witnesses who could contradict the accusations, like people who know the supposed “victim” has motives to fabricate charges. Witness statements will help your attorney.
Collect any evidence that proves your innocence. This may include emails, texts, documents, receipts, photos, video, etc. Anything showing the alleged threats didn’t occur.
There are strategies an experienced attorney can use to challenge the prosecution’s case against you. Some examples:
You were falsely accused due to personal conflicts
You didn’t actually make any threats as alleged
Statements don’t meet legal standards for coercion
Actions were misinterpreted and not intended as threats
Trying to navigate NY coercion charges without an attorney skilled in criminal defense is risky. Don’t gamble with your future. Hire the best lawyer you can.
I highly recommend NY defense attorney Todd Spodek. He has successfully defended coercion and other misdemeanor charges for over 45 years. His stellar negotiating skills and courtroom experience can make all the difference.
Contact the Spodek Law Group ASAP at 212-300-5196. With an expert like Todd Spodek fighting for you, deal with these charges strategically and work toward the best resolution. Don’t lose hope. You have rights – now exercise them!
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