Blackmail occurs more often than you might think. And you don't have to be a millionaire or a celebrity in order to find yourself the target of one of those schemes. One of the services that we offer is to advise and, if necessary, provide legal representation to those who believe that they are the target of blackmail or extortion.
The reason why these schemes can be successful is that people may be reluctant to go to the police for help. As a law office, when we are approached by a client with these sorts of concerns the consultation and the information we learn about the case remains confidential and privilege.
So what should you do if you are contacted by someone who threatens you with a blackmail attempt?
- Do not provide any more identifying information. Do not confirm your identify, contact information, or any personal or business information.
- Do not admit or acknowledge any wrongdoing, or any secrets. Phone calls with the blackmailer may be recorded.
- If you talk to the blackmailer, try to remember any details. Did they sound old or young? Have an accent? What type of background noise did you hear?
- Keep track of the dates and times of all calls, and keep copies of any e-mails or text messages.
The next step is to contact our office for a strictly confidential and private consultation. We will review your entire situation to determine the appropriate action. The exact action to be taken will depend on the type of threat made against you, as well as the location and level of sophistication of the blackmailer.
We also offer services to those who are being investigated for, or who have been arrested for the crime of blackmail or extortion in South Carolina. Pursuant to S.C. Code § 16-17-640 blackmail is a felony punishable by up to ten years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections. This is a very serious crime, and an arrest can result in lifetime consequences for the accused.