This article was written by Fernanda Dahlstrom - Content Editor - Brisbane

Fernanda Dahlstrom has a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts. She also completed a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the College of Law in Victoria. Fernanda practised law for eight years, working in criminal defence, child protection and domestic violence law in the Northern Territory and in family law in Queensland.

Extortion Offences (NSW)


Extortion is a general term used to describe criminal behaviour relating to obtaining a benefit through coercion or threats. The benefit may be money, property or services. In New South Wales, offences relating to extortion are contained in the Crimes Act 1900. These offences are treated very seriously by the courts and can carry heavy penalties up to and including a term of full-time imprisonment. 

Blackmail

Section 249K of the Crimes Act 1900 contained the offence of blackmail. A person commits blackmail if they make an unwarranted demand with menaces to another person. This offence carries a maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment.  

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