Federal Crime of Bribery – 18 U.S.C. § 201
Usually where I'm seeing these bribery cases found at the federal level has to do with somebody offering some money to a public official – whether it be an elected official, somebody in authority like a police officer – usually these are more sophisticated crimes in order to get the federal government involved in prosecuting them.
Bribery usually involves someone offering money, goods, or services to someone in exchange for something that they are trying to obtain. Oftentimes, bribery involves government officials. For example, a person might offer to give a police officer $1,000 in exchange for not arresting them. There are many ways in which bribery can manifest, but all charges are serious. Anyone who has been charged with federal bribery should obtain an attorney who understands the law and the court system where the case is pending.
Typically, you're going to see the state dealing with any bribery-related offenses. So, for it to be federal, it will have to involve sophistication, probably a high-level individual being involved. Anytime the federal government's money is at stake or involved or being played with related to a bribery case, the federal government is likely to get involved, investigate it and prosecute it.
A federal charge of bribery has some life changing consequences and it is important to obtain a federal criminal lawyer to help you and fight your case for you. Our federal lawyers at Hedding Law Firm have the necessary experience and knowledge to competently defend you. We will work hard and work persistently to get you favorable results.
If you have been charged in a situation that involved bribery, contacting our federal attorneys is the wise step to take. We guarantee our hard work and our determination to fight on your behalf.
What is Federal Bribery Under 18 U.S.C. § 201?
Bribery is the act of using money or goods to influence the actions of another person. Both the person who offers and the bribe and the person who accepts the bribe can be charged with a felony offense.
According to 18 U.S.C. § 201, whoever directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official or person who has been selected to be a public official, or offers or promises any public official or any person who has been selected to be a public official to give anything of value to any other person or entity with the intent to influence that individual's actions and/or behavior will face punishment. Common examples includes white collar crimes, money laundering, and honest services.
A conviction of bribery results in huge monetary fines and up to 15 years of imprisonment. Due to these harsh penalties it is vital that you contact our federal defense lawyers and tell us your situation so we can tell you what we can do for you. The Feds will be all over your case and that is why it is important that you contact our federal lawyers immediately so we can start intervening and preparing immediately.
Contact a Federal Criminal Defense Attorney
If you're being charged with a bribery case at the federal level, your best course of action is to sit down with a seasoned federal criminal defense attorney that has not only handled these types of cases before but is familiar with the jurisdiction where the case is pending. Depending on which prosecutor is dealing with it or which judge is involved, that will likely dictate the stance and harshness that the prosecutors will prosecute this case with.
When I handle these bribery cases, I get the client in and sit down and go over everything under the privacy of the attorney-client privilege. That way, anything that is discussed is protected and the client can feel comfortable to tell the truth about what happened and then we can decide what the best strategy will be defense-wise related to the bribery charge.
Whether the case is going to be litigated by way of a trial or whether it's a situation where some sort of a plea bargain is struck with the prosecutors. It really depends on the circumstances, and of course, the punishment the person is looking at and whether or not the person actually has a defense to the bribery charge. Call us and set up a free face to face consultation with our lawyers.