UCR Definition

The Florida Uniform Crime Reports program defines Extortion/Blackmail as obtaining money, property, or any other thing of value, either tangible or intangible, from another person through the use or threat of force, misuse of authority, threat of criminal prosecution, or the destruction of the victim’s reputation or social standing, or through other coercive measures.

Florida Statutes

104.081 Threats of employers to control votes of employees.

104.31 Political activities of state, county, and municipal officers and employees.

448.03 Threat of discharge to compel employee to trade with any particular firm or person.

448.04 Penalty for officer or agent violating.

475.42(1)(i) Regulations of Professions and Occupations.     
687.071(4) Criminal usury, loan sharking.

687.071(5) Criminal usury, loan sharking.

836.05 Whoever, either verbally or by a written or printed communication, maliciously threatens to accuse another of any crime or offense, or by such communication maliciously threatens an injury to the person, property or reputation of another, or maliciously threatens to expose another to disgrace, or to expose any secret affecting another, or to impute any deformity or lack of chastity to another, with intent thereby to extort money or any pecuniary advantage whatsoever, or with intent to compel the person so threatened.

839.11 Extortion by officers of the state.


There were a total of 85 arrests for Extortion/Blackmail reported in 2018. Of these arrests, 9 were juveniles and 76 were adults.

UCR Arrest Data  Handcuffs


Source: 2018 Arrest Totals and Index Arrests by County (PDF | Excel)


Source: Arrest Totals by Age and Sex, 2018 (PDF)

Source: 2018 Judicial Circuit Arrest Report  (PDF | Excel)

To learn more about which counties are in what circuit,
please see the 
Florida Courts website.

Historical Data - Trends

Information about different data sources on our site.

Source: Total Arrests by County, 1989-2018
Computerized Criminal History Arrest by Crime Type, 2000-2018 (Excel)


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