Criminal Offences

Extortion & Kidnapping

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there were 536 recorded cases of extortion and blackmail in 2017, with NSW being responsible for 18.5% of the recorded cases. Furthermore, there were also 477 recorded cases of kidnapping and abduction that occurred in 2017. Although statistics show that such offences are less common than other crimes, the Court takes such matters of extortion and kidnapping very seriously, exposing offenders to significant punishments.

At Benjamin Leonardo – The Defenders we are dedicated criminal defence lawyers who have successfully represented clients in relation to extortion, blackmail and kidnapping offences. With a 90% success rate on all criminal cases, numerous awards win and 25 years of experience in criminal law, clients can be confident that our team is dedicated to achieve the best outcome possible for their matter.

If you or someone you know has recently been charged with offences relating to extortion and kidnapping, please contact our Sydney criminal defence lawyers to schedule a first consultation.


In NSW, the offence of blackmail is a serious criminal offence as seen in section 249K of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW).


Kidnapping is the taking or detaining of a person without their consent with the intention of holding to victim to ransom or for obtaining any other advantage.

Threatening Letters

In NSW, documents containing threats is perceived as a serious criminal offence.

Stalking & Intimidation

Stalking or intimidating another person with the intention of causing the person to fear physical or mental harm is criminal offence under section 13 of the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 NSW.