Say that I walk in on someone, (boss, neighbor, family member) and catch them in a very compromising position. Doing something that if it were known would ruin their lives and/or get them in serious legal trouble. Something so terrible (in their eyes) that they would do anything to keep it secret.
Now if I ask for money or whatever to keep it under my hat, I have committed blackmail, a felony just about everywhere I think.
What if I don’t say a word and really have no plans to tell anyone. I’d just as soon back out of the room and pretend I never saw a thing.
But the culprit(s) see me, panic and proceed to go about paying off my house, car, truck, jetski, buying me a new lawn tractor, whatever. Have I committed any crime by accepting these “favors” even though I never said a word to them or anyone else about what I witnessed?
I’m in North Carolina (and of course this would NEVER happen to me)