Blackmail is demanding something from someone and then making a gain as a result. The demand must be without merit and with a threat that something will happen if the demand is not met.  Defences are available if the demand is made in the proper way in that it is reasonable and has had merit. Given that a conviction for Blackmail or Extortion can result in a custodial sentence of up to 14 years, it is imperative that you have our expert help if you are facing an allegation as serious as this.