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.
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.
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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