2018 Maryland Code
Criminal Law
Title 3 - Other Crimes Against the Person
Subtitle 7 - Extortion and Other Threats
§ 3-705. Extortion by verbal threat

  • (a) Prohibited. -- A person, with the intent to unlawfully extort money, property, labor, services, or anything of value from another, may not verbally threaten to:

    • (1) accuse any person of a crime or of anything that, if true, would bring the person into contempt or disrepute; or

    • (2)

      • (i) cause physical injury to a person;

      • (ii) inflict emotional distress on a person;

      • (iii) cause economic damage to a person; or

      • (iv) cause damage to the property of a person.

  • (b) Penalty. -- A person who violates this section is guilty of a felony and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or a fine not exceeding $ 10,000 or both.

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