A woman in Colorado was recently arrested on charges of extortion. In most states, extortion is defined as the obtaining of money or property by using force or threats. Authorities say she concocted a fake kidnapping scheme in order to extort $600 from her own family. As this somewhat bizarre case now heads to court, the accused woman must necessarily turn her attention to preparing and presenting a criminal defense that protects her interests and is geared toward achieving a satisfactory result.
The family of the Colorado woman reportedly received a text message on a recent Monday morning in Monte Vista. The message reportedly informed them that she had been kidnapped. A demand was purportedly made for the payment of a ransom in the amount of $600. The message allegedly threatened that, unless the ransom was paid, she would be murdered.
The police say that, when the appointed time came to pay the ransom, the woman showed up alone and explained that she needed the money because another individual had threatened her. The police believe that nobody else was involved and that the woman faked her own kidnapping. She was arrested and is now facing criminal charges of extortion. Apparently, she was separately charged with theft and burglary as well, based upon warrants in the possession of law enforcement authorities.
Colorado citizens who are facing similar charges are likely aware that they may benefit from exploring the options available to them. Every accused individual has the right to protect their own interests as they work to present their criminal defense to the formal accusations made against them. They remain fully innocent in the eyes of the law as they do, and the prosecution shoulders the burden of proving the charges in court by the strict measure of proof required under state and federal laws. If the accused individual considers plea negotiations to be in his or her interest, and if the opportunity arises in formal discussions with prosecutors, negotiations may be pursued in an effort to offer a plea of guilty to certain stipulated charges in exchange for favorable treatment before the court.
Source: greenfieldreporter.com, April 1, 2014