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How is a "Political Corruption Crime" Distinguished From Other Types of Crimes

If you are being investigated for or have been accused of committing a political corruption crime, it's imperative to speak with an attorney right away to get started on your defense. Because these matters can affect people's lives, the way judicial processes are carried out, or even impact the construction of schools, they are taken very seriously. The FBI, often working in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies, extensively investigates individuals suspected of an offense. The sooner you retain legal services, the sooner you can begin fighting your charges.

When looking for an attorney to represent you in a political crime case, it's important to hire one who knows the federal judicial processes. At Martin G. Weinberg, Attorney at Law, that's exactly what you'll get. Our Boston white collar crime lawyer has over 40 years of legal experience and has handled cases in federal district courts and the U.S. Supreme court. We will be committed to protecting your rights and challenging the government's accusations against you.

We are ready to begin developing a sound defense on your behalf. For a consultation, call us at (617) 227-3700 today.

Types of Political Corruption Charges in Massachusetts

Political corruption occurs when a person in a public or government role uses their power for their own personal gain or acts in a way that erodes the public's trust in the system. Because there are various types of political roles and the individuals in these positions have contact with several different people, a political corruption offense could occur in many ways. For instance, if a federal prison official accepts bribes to smuggle drugs into a prison, they could be charged with a crime.

A few other types of political corruption charges include:

  • Misappropriation of funds: Using someone else’s funds in an unintended way, usually for one’s own gain.
  • Bribery: Accepting something of value from someone who wishes to influence their decision making.
  • Cronyism: A public official appointing or advocating for the employment of a relative to a civilian position within the agency they serve or has jurisdiction over.
  • Campaign finance violation: Accepting or receiving financial contributions above legally allowed limits or filing false disclosure forms to the Federal Election Commission.
  • Extortion: Using power as an official to force someone to provide money or favors.
  • Abuse of power: Using one’s power in a political role for personal benefit.

What Are the Penalties for a Political Corruption Conviction?

The conviction penalties for a political corruption crime vary depending on the type of offense and the specifics of the circumstances. If you're found guilty, you could be looking at spending years in federal prison and/or paying a substantial amount in fines.

The laws regarding what a public official can and cannot do are complex, and you may have engaged in behavior that you believed was lawful and are now facing a political corruption charges. This can be a stressful experience, as such accusations can ruin reputations, and a conviction could mean the loss of a public or government position. At Martin G. Weinberg, Attorney at Law, our Boston lawyer will help you understand your charges, potential outcomes, and your legal options. We will be a strong and loyal advocate in your corner throughout the process.

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Significant Cases

  • Charges Dismissed U.S. v. Moffett

    The case is U.S. v. Moffett, case number 22-1075, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

  • Successful Challenge US v Warshak

    631 F3d 266 CA 6 (2010): Successful challenge to the Department of Justice’s reliance on the Stored Communications Act to seize the content of emails in violation of the Fourth Amendment

  • 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.

  • 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 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”

  • 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.

  • 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 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 DiMasi

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

  • Acquittal US v Pappathanasi

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