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.
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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 fraud or 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 bribery 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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