If you or someone you know is facing bribery charges, call our law firm today.
These days, people mostly think of bribery as a crime they see people get away with on TV, but it’s actually a very serious white-collar crime that can lead to years in prison as well as heavy fines. The criminal defense attorneys at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland are here to help defend you. Call us today for a free initial consultation.
According to Georgia law, bribery is defined by the law as persuading someone to act in one’s favor in exchange for something of value, typically money or other inducements. A bribery charge is always a serious allegation, but there some elements that have to exist to define a bribery case.
First, there must be an offer or promises of value. This can be a gift or some other valuable component. Next, there must be the purpose to corruptly influence the individual, and lastly, there must be the offeree with some official status.
While this crime is often portrayed in the movies with either police officers or legislators, Georgia case law also states that it is illegal to bribe other government officials such as municipal officers, postal workers, municipal council members, members of the general counsel of cities, and judges.
A public official is defined as anyone in a position of official authority that is conferred by a state. Under the federal statute, a public official includes almost anyone who works for the federal government, including members of Congress, resident commissioners, delegates, officers, any employee or person acting on behalf of the U.S. or any department, agency, or branch of the government.
The bribing of a witness in a hearing, trial, or similar legal procedure is also a serious crime. Bribing a witness is similar to one involving public officials in that both individuals could be charged with bribery if they were involved in the offering or accepting of a bribe.
A lot of these types of criminal cases involve investigations by law enforcement or government. Government agencies and police can be tipped off through insider information or anonymous tips. To gather evidence of a possible bribe, law enforcement may engage in an undercover investigation or sting operation, with the use of hidden video or audio recordings.
To successfully defend this type of criminal charge, it’s imperative that your lawyers review the existing evidence and begin an independent investigation on your behalf. There are a variety of defenses for these cases so, the approach depends upon your specific situation.
If a person is convicted of bribery in Georgia, they will face between one and twenty years in prison, up to $5,000 in fines, or both. The penalty for bribery of a public official could include imprisonment for up to 15 years in federal prison, a fine of up to three times the value of the bribe, and can also disqualify an individual from holding any office under the United States.
Our law firm is located in Suwanee Georgia, but we have served clients in and around Gwinnett County, Forsyth County, Hall County, Barrow County, Jackson County, and Dawson County. Contact us today for a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
We are located in Suwanee Georgia, but we defend clients throughout Gwinnett County, Forsyth County, Hall County, Barrow County, Jackson County, and Dawson County. Contact our Atlanta law firm as soon as possible to learn how we advocate for your best interests.