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Bribery

Bribery

What is Bribery?

Under California law, bribery is broadly defined as the offering, giving, or taking something of value with corrupt intent to unlawfully influence a person in any public or official capacity. There is an assortment of bribery laws. California Penal Code § 67 penalizes bribery of an executive officer. Executive officers are people like police officers and district attorneys.

California Penal Code §§ 85 and 86 penalizes bribery of a legislator. Legislators include state, county, city, and school district legislative body representatives. California Penal Code §§ 92 and 93 penalize bribery of a judicial officer. Judicial officers include, judges, jurors, and others authorized to hear a legal matter. California Penal Code § 641.3 penalizes commercial bribery, whereby an employee accepts a bribe in exchange for using his/her position for the benefit of the other party.

California Penal Code § 165 penalizes bribery by or of county boards of supervisors, and also applies to county or municipal boards of trustees and the board of trustees of a public corporation.

Penalties for Bribery

Although commercial bribery may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the amount of the bribe involved, all violations of California’s other bribery laws are felonies punishable by up to four years in state prison.

Irvine, California Bribery Attorney

The first and most important decision a defendant or anyone facing a bribery investigation must make is to retain the right defense attorney.

Responding to a bribery investigation or charges requires a proactive, coordinated, and proactive approach. White collar federal defense attorney Peter Hardin has a long and outstanding track record of establishing clear communication with federal law enforcement agents and prosecutors and responding swiftly and accurately to search warrants and subpoenas.

Because Peter Hardin has prosecuted and defended against criminal cases, such as bribery, for nearly 20 years, he understands not just the law, but the way federal authorities investigate cases and the prosecutorial tactics that follow. It is essential that anyone who may be under investigation for bribery, or who has been charged with bribery, act quickly to build a strong defense and protect their rights. Contact Peter Hardin now for a free and confidential consultation.

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