Pontiac, MI asked in Criminal Law for Michigan

Q: Is a cease and desist warranted for someone who is attempting to blackmail you?

Good afternoon. I have someone who is attempting to blackmail me. She has repeatedly stated that I must send her money in order for her to get to and from work; if I didn’t, or if she was not satisfied with whatever resulted in what she asked for, she has threatened, on numerous occasions, to call my spouse and go online on Facebook and expose that she and I have had sexual encounters, which could potentially ruin my personal and professional reputation. I have been back and forth on filing charges, writing a cease and desist letter, and getting a personal protection order against her but I want to know what best available option I should consider

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Potentially, this is extortion. Is there any truth to what she's saying? Their power lies in the secrecy of what they have or know about you. Even if you get this person charged with a crime, he or she could still release the information, leaving you with a similar outcome as if you don't comply with their requests.

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