Although any accused is innocent until otherwise proven guilty by the Federal Government beyond a reasonable doubt, bribe receiving or offering bribes are crimes that the public often does not provide the same benefit of the doubt. When your career is in public service, the “Scarlet Letter” of a bribery crime, such as Bribery of a Public Official, pursuant to Title 18, United States Code Section 201, is an offense that can be indelible whether or not you are exonerated. Not only is it critical to be armed with the best criminal defense and strategy in the courtroom, but it is arguably equally as important to have the right Federal criminal lawyer to protect your name and integrity once your case has left the headlines or travelled through local gossip circles.Bribery of Public Officials: Title 18, United States Code Section 201
Bribery of Public Officials under Title 18, United States Code Section 201 makes it illegal for any Federal public official to demand, seek, receive, accept anything of value in return for (1) being influenced in the performance of any official act, (2) being influenced to commit any fraud on the United States, or (3) being induced to do or omit to do any act in violation of the official’s public duty.
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Federal Bribery also makes it illegal for any person to give, offer or promise anything of value to any public official with the intent (1) to influence any official act, (2) influence any public official to commit a fraud on the United States, or (3) induce any public official to do or omit to do any act in violation of the official’s public duty.
Federal Bribery is a serious offense; one for which a person can be sentenced up to 15 years in jail and fined up to $250,000 or three times the value of the bribe.
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Bribery may be drafted simply; however, its application can be quite complex. For that reason, it is imperative that any public official, or person who interacts with them, who finds him or herself on the receiving end of a Federal Grand Jury subpoena or under investigation by Federal law enforcement should seek out experienced counsel. Not doing so will not just disrupt your career, but potentially leave you incarcerated for years to come.
Do not wait for your criminal defense to come to you. Fight as best you can from a position of strength. Take the initiative in your defense and let Crotty Saland PC’s experience, advocacy and knowledge be work for you.
Call the Federal criminal lawyers and former prosecutors at (212) 312-7129 or contact us online today.