Is blackmail ever legal?
Like if you don't threaten to do anything illegal, e.g. you just threaten to tell someone's spouse they're having an affair, if it's the truth? And you don't demand anything serious, like sex or money?
- NosehairLv 71 month ago
Blackmail generally threatens some form of harm if a second party refuses to make some form of payment. Threatening to tell the truth or make the truth pubic or threatening to take someone to court is not considered blackmail. People agree to drop or not go ahead with a lawsuit in return for a payout takes place all the time, legally.
- Little PrincessLv 71 month ago
It's the use of force or threat to compel another person to give you money, property, or any other valuable good or service that is illegal. If you are threatening to reveal damaging information (e.g. implicating someone in an adulterous affair), then that is extortion and is illegal. It doesn't matter how truthful the damaging information is.
- STEVEN FLv 71 month ago
Blackmail has no LEGAL definition, so a yes or know answer is false.
Extortion, the legal term for what is commonly called blackmail is, by definition, illegal.
Threatening to do something is only extortion if you demand something in exchange for not doing it. WHAT you demand is not legally relevant.
- SlickterpLv 71 month ago
never legal, no.