Coercion (O.R.C. 2905.12) is a second-degree misdemeanor that prosecutors can use to put you in jail for up to three months. Even worse, coercion is typically charged with other criminal allegations. This means that presenting a strong defense may involve attacking the lesser charges directly in order to reduce the severity of the more serious charge.
Patituce & Associates thoroughly understands how prosecutors build their cases because we've been prosecutors ourselves. This unique perspective allows our Cleveland defense lawyers to build strong cases for our clients. Call (440) 709-8088 to speak with an experienced attorney for free!
Coercion is the use of threats or unlawful leverage to cause a person to take action, or fail to take action, that would be their lawful choice. Under O.R.C. 2905.12, threatening to commit a crime, expose secrets about a person, or even speaking ill of them in order to influence their actions is conduct that can fall under this statute.
Depending on the other charges you're facing, a coercion conviction could mean serious jail time, fines, and more. Coercion is rarely filed on its own. In fact, it is more likely to be an offense included in a larger indictment for crimes such as extortion or crimes related to organized crime rings conducting illicit business. On its own, Coercion is a second-degree misdemeanor with a sentence of up to 90 days, but as part of a bigger prosecutorial strategy, proving that you engaged in Coercion can lead a jury to convict you of much more serious charges. That's why the Cleveland coercion defense attorneys at Patituce & Associates are committed to helping clients just like you push back against these charges and protect your legal rights.
Call (440) 709-8088 to speak with a qualified legal representative about your case. The sooner you pick up the phone, the faster we can fight for justice for you.