Light Coercions


1. Offender must be a creditor;
2. He seizes anything belonging to his debtor:
3. The seizure of the thing be accomplished by means of violence or a display of material force producing intimidation;
4. The purpose of the offender is to apply the same to the payment of the debt.

Any other coercion or unjust vexation

Paragraph 2 of Art. 287 covers unjust vexation. It includes any human conduct which, although not productive of some physical or material harm would, however, unjustly annoy or vex an innocent person.

Light coercion under the 1st paragraph of this article will only be unjust vexation if the 3rd element (employing violence or intimidation) is absent.

Unjust Vexation is distinguished from grave coercion by the absence of violence.