Bribery

Attorneys defending those accused of official corruption

Bribery is attempting to influence a person acting in an official capacity by providing or promising to provide the person with something of value or, being a person in an official capacity, agreeing to be so influenced. While federal authorities do not have jurisdiction over every type of bribery case, they do they have the ability to impose serious criminal penalties and substantial civil liability. Public officials and members of the public who have fallen under suspicion for bribery of a public official need immediate legal representation. A federal bribery defense lawyer from Alliant Law Group, LLC can defend your interests from initial investigation through trial and on to appeal if necessary.

Federal jurisdiction for bribery charges

Like many types of white collar crime, bribery can be either a state or federal offense depending on the circumstances. Federal authorities have jurisdiction over bribery charges under the following circumstances:

  • Bribery of members of Congress
  • Bribery of agents acting on behalf of the U.S. government
  • Bribery of members of a federal grand or petit jury
  • Bribery of bank official
  • Bribery of federal employees
  • Bribery of a witness under oath in a federal proceeding
  • Bribery to circumvent port security
  • Bribery relating to a sporting event affecting interstate commerce

Bribery penalties under federal law

Willful bribery of a public official of the federal government, juror or witness carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison and a fine up to three times the amount of the bribe. Bribery relating to a sporting event carries a penalty of up to five years in prison. Bribery to circumvent port security carries a potential penalty of up to 15 years. Bribing a bank official carries a penalty of up to 30 years in prison and a fine of $1 million. A pattern of such financial bribery involving $5 million or more in gross receipts over two years may be deemed a continuing financial crime enterprise, carrying a penalty of 10 years to life in prison and a fine of $10 million for an individual and $20 million for an enterprise. Using the proceeds of a bribery scheme to purchase an interest in a business or engaging in a pattern of bribery may also conflict with the RICO Act, leading to additional criminal penalties.

Protect your business and reputation from corruption allegations

Between the broad wording of federal bribery laws and the aggressive posture of federal prosecutors and investigators, it is easy for normal business conduct to be construed as attempted or completed bribery. If you have been accused of bribing a public official or bank officer, the resulting criminal penalties could destroy your personal life and your business. Please contact Managing Partner Daniel Conidi for a free consultation at Dconidi@alliantlaw.us