Skip to main content

Minnesota Statutes Crimes; Expungement; Victims (Ch. 609-624) § 609.27. Coercion

Welcome to FindLaw's Cases & Codes, a free source of state and federal court opinions, state laws, and the United States Code. For more information about the legal concepts addressed by these cases and statutes, visit FindLaw's Learn About the Law.

Subdivision 1. Acts constituting.  Whoever orally or in writing makes any of the following threats and thereby causes another against the other's will to do any act or forbear doing a lawful act is guilty of coercion and may be sentenced as provided in subdivision 2:

(1) a threat to unlawfully inflict bodily harm upon, or hold in confinement, the person threatened or another, when robbery or attempt to rob is not committed thereby;  or

(2) a threat to unlawfully inflict damage to the property of the person threatened or another;  or

(3) a threat to unlawfully injure a trade, business, profession, or calling;  or

(4) a threat to expose a secret or deformity, publish a defamatory statement, or otherwise to expose any person to disgrace or ridicule;  or

(5) a threat to make or cause to be made a criminal charge, whether true or false;  provided, that a warning of the consequences of a future violation of law given in good faith by a peace officer or prosecuting attorney to any person shall not be deemed a threat for the purposes of this section;  or

(6) a threat to commit a violation under section 617.261.

Subd. 2. Sentence.  Whoever violates subdivision 1 may be sentenced as follows:

(1) to imprisonment for not more than 90 days or to payment of a fine of not more than $1,000, or both if neither the pecuniary gain received by the violator nor the loss suffered by the person threatened or another as a result of the threat exceeds $300, or the benefits received or harm sustained are not susceptible of pecuniary measurement;  or

(2) to imprisonment for not more than five years or to payment of a fine of not more than $10,000, or both, if such pecuniary gain or loss is more than $300 but less than $2,500;  or

(3) to imprisonment for not more than ten years or to payment of a fine of not more than $20,000, or both, if such pecuniary gain or loss is $2,500, or more.

Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Minnesota Statutes Crimes; Expungement; Victims (Ch. 609-624) § 609.27. Coercion - last updated January 01, 2018 | https://codes.findlaw.com/mn/crimes-expungement-victims-ch-609-624/mn-st-sect-609-27/


FindLaw Codes may not reflect the most recent version of the law in your jurisdiction. Please verify the status of the code you are researching with the state legislature or via Westlaw before relying on it for your legal needs.

Copied to clipboard