Blackmail Solicitors in London

Specialist London Solicitors in Blackmail Cases

At MFI Law Limited we have the expertise in representing clients charged with blackmail offence. Our London Criminal Solicitors are available to represent clients at London Police Stations, Magistrates' and Crown Courts throughout the country.

Section 21 of the Theft Act 1968 States:

  1. A person is guilty of blackmail if, with a view to gain for himself or another or with intent to cause loss to another, he makes any unwarranted demand with menaces; and for this purpose a demand with menaces is unwarranted unless the person making it does so in the belief—
    1. that he has reasonable grounds for making the demand; and
    2. that the use of the menaces is a proper means of reinforcing the demand.
  2. The nature of the act or omission demanded is immaterial, and it is also immaterial whether the menaces relate to action to be taken by the person making the demand.

Relevant Cases

R v Hadjou [1989] 11 Cr. App. R. (S)
In the calendar of criminal offences blackmail was one of the ugliest and most vicious because it involved what one found so often, attempted murder of the soul. Deterrence was perhaps the most important part of the sentence in such a case.

R v Christie [1990] 12 Cr. App. R. (S)
Sexual Blackmail
Lloyd L.J.: From a sentencing point of view, the typical case of blackmail perhaps falls somewhere between robbery and simple theft in terms of seriousness. It is usually less serious than robbery because no violence is involved nor the threat of any violence. On the other hand it is clearly more serious than theft because of the mental anguish which is so often caused.

Sentencing guidelines for Blackmail

Maximum Sentence: A person guilty of blackmail shall on conviction on indictment be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years.

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