A: In Michigan the offense is called extortion, but the answer is yes. MCL 750.213 states: Any person who shall, either orally or by a written or printed communication, maliciously threaten to accuse another of any crime or offense, or shall orally or by any written or printed communication maliciously threaten any injury to the person or property or mother, father, husband, wife or child of another with intent thereby to extort money or any pecuniary advantage whatever, or with intent to compel the person so threatened to do or refrain from doing any act against his will, shall be guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment in the state prison not more than 20 years or by a fine of not more than 10,000 dollars.
A: Yes. What you did is illegal. It is a crime called "extortion." This crime is a felony. That means it's the most serious type of crime and carries a severe punishment. If you are prosecuted and convicted you may received up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. It is never right to commit a crime, but remember that to be prosecuted for the crime you described, someone (most likely the person who propositioned you) would have to report you to the police.
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