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Facing Bribery Charges? Let an Aggressive and Experienced Lawyer Help!

Bribery is defined as directly or indirectly receiving, giving, offering, or soliciting something valuable to influence the actions of a public official, whether that individual is currently in office, a candidate for office, or transitioning into office after being elected. Not only is bribery a serious criminal offense in Massachusetts, but it is also a federal crime if the alleged offense involves federal officials.

If you or a loved one has been accused or currently being investigated for bribery, let Martin G. Weinberg, Attorney at Law help you avoid harsh white collar criminal penalties by protecting your rights and freedom throughout the entire process. With more than 40 years of experience handling hundreds of complex criminal cases in both state and federal courts, our Boston bribery defense lawyer understands what it takes to help our clients obtain the best possible results inside and outside the courtroom.

Contact us today at (617) 227-3700 to discuss your case with our firm.

Bribery Laws & Penalties

In order to be convicted of bribery, the prosecution must only prove that an agreement was made for an exchange of something valuable (such as political influence, for instance) for money or something else of value.

The following are the elements the federal government uses to prosecute bribery cases involving federal officials:

  • The person who is the subject of the bribe is a public official

  • Something valued has been offered – no matter if it is tangible (money) or intangible (promises or influences)

  • The bribe involves an “official act,” such as pending legislation

  • The public official has the power to fulfill the official act

  • The bribing party intends to get the desired outcome

  • There is a causal link between the payment and the act

A bribery conviction is punishable by a maximum federal prison sentence of 15 years and up to three times the monetary equivalent of the item of value. Additionally, having a bribery charge on your criminal record can cause significant damage to your personal life and professional career.

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Due to the severity of the penalties you face, you need to have our Boston bribery defense attorney on your side to help you avoid getting convicted or get your charges/sentence substantially reduced to avoid serving any time behind bars. Do not wait to let our firm defend you from start to finish.

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Significant Cases

  • Reversal of Conviction US v Bravo Fernandez

    (722 F3d 1, 1st Cir, 2013): Federal Court of Appeals reversed conviction of a leading businessman in Puerto Rico for federal programs bribery holding that gratuities cannot, legally, be the basis for such a conviction.

  • Acquittal US v Bravo-Fernandez

    18-1358 (1st Cir, 2019): First Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a conviction of a business executive for bribing a Puerto Rico Senator holding that the Government failed to meet each essential element of proof under 18 USC 666, and ordering the entry of a judgment of acquittal.

  • Reversal of Conviction US v Casellas-Toro

    (1st Cir, 2015): Appellate reversal of a federal false statement conviction due to a "Rare application of the presumption of prejudice resulting from pervasive publicity from prior case”

  • Acquittal US v DiMasi

    Acquittal of Richard Vitale on federal honest services charges in corruption case involving former Massachusetts Speaker of the House Salvatore DiMasi

  • Dismissed Charges US v Handa

    892 F.3d 95 (1st Cir. 2018): Dismissal of bank and wire fraud charges against business owner on Speedy Trial grounds due to delay between indictment and his arrest returning to the US from India.

  • Acquittal US v Pappathanasi

    Acquittal of defendant charged with conspiracy to evade taxes in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371.

  • Reversal of Convictions US v Tavares

    (1st Cir, Dec. 2016): 1st Circuit Court of Appeals reversal of RICO and mail fraud convictions in a public corruption case.

  • Reversal of Conviction US v Vazquez-Rivera

    665 F3d 351 CA 1 (2011): Reversal of child pornography conviction based on improper admission of opinion evidence from FBI agent which prejudiced defendant’s right to a fair trial.

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