Atlanta Bribery Defense Lawyer
Aggressive Defense for Bribery in Atlanta, GA
Bribery is a federal offense wherein a public official is accused of being
involved in an exchange of valuable goods for favors. This crime is often
associated with political corruption, though it may also be associated
with the obstruction of justice or various
white collar crimes and other offenses. Both parties involved in an alleged bribe may be held
equally responsible, for allegedly offering or receiving a bribe. In any
case, a conviction results in harsh consequences.
The Atlanta criminal defense attorneys at our firm are prepared to offer
clients a level of guidance and counsel that may counter the efforts of
state and federal law enforcement and prosecution.
With 40+ years of collective experience, our team of former prosecutors
has the legal knowledge and skill you may need. Do not trust your reputation and your future with a lesser criminal defense firm.
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Bribery of Public Officials
Bribery is a serious crime regardless of whether you are accused of initiating
the bribe or accepting the bribe. According to the United States Code,
a bribe may be:
- Promise of value
Bribes must be given directly or indirectly to a public official in exchange
for a duty or favor.
This offense also includes the act of demanding, receiving, seeking, and
accepting anything of value in a fraudulent exchange.
The crime of bribery also involves an intent to do any of the following:
- Influence an official act
- Influence a public official to violate his or her duties
- Influence a public official to commit/lend aid to fraud against the U.S.
Bribery of Witnesses
Bribing witnesses involved in hearings, trials, and other similar legal
procedures is also a serious crime. Bribery involving witnesses is similar
to bribery involving public officials—individuals may be charged
with bribery whether they were involved in the offer or acceptance of
a bribe. Whether the charge is involved with a public official or witness,
the consequences of a conviction may have the same devastating effects
on your reputation and future opportunities.
Consequences of a Bribery Conviction
A bribery charge may result in the following punishments:
- Prison sentence of up to 15 years
- Monetary fine up to 3 times the value of the bribe
- Disqualification from holding any public office under the U.S.
Whether convicted of bribing a public official or a witness, individuals
may face the same monetary fines, prison terms, and occupational restrictions.
In many cases, it is not uncommon for an individual facing bribery charges
to also be facing charges of
conspiracy. Facing one of these charges does not prevent an individual from also
facing a bribery charge.
Any one of these criminal charges can cost an individual his or her reputation.
Our white collar crime lawyers in Atlanta understand how complicated cases
involving these offenses can be, and they also understand how important
it is to protect the rights and reputation of our clients throughout the
proceedings. When it comes to
criminal defense, it pays to know both sides of the courtroom.
The crime of bribery involving public officials and witnesses is located
in Title 18 of the United States Code – Crimes and Criminal Procedures
(18 U.S.C. § 201)
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At The Law Offices of Howard J. Weintraub, P.C., our bribery attorneys
in Atlanta represent government officials and individuals in the private
sector who have been accused of bribery. The conviction comes with its
own penalties of fines and imprisonment, but it can also jeopardize a
person's political career and financial stability. Do not leave your
case to chance when your future livelihood is at stake—schedule a case evaluation with our firm today and find out how our team may help you protect your rights!