Ventura Bribery Defense Lawyer
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Bribery is considered an effort to corruptly influence—through money
or gifts—a public official in the course of that official’s
work. Conviction of this type of
white collar crime carries severe penalties, including potential imprisonment.
Law Offices of Jarrod M. Wilfert, we represent citizens accused of bribing or attempting to bribe public
officials, as well as public officials accused of accepting or soliciting
bribes. As a former prosecutor, our
Ventura criminal defense attorney understands the complexities of your case and knows what it takes to either
get your case dismissed altogether or your charges reduced drastically.
California Bribery Laws & Penalties
A bribe occurs when a public official corruptly makes a decision or intervenes
on behalf of someone in exchange for money or something of value. Bribery
can be prosecuted under both solicitation of a bribe and offering a bribe
to a public officer or employee.
The law of bribery in California spreads through the following laws:
- Bribery involving California legislative officers
- Bribery involving executive and ministerial officers and public employees
- Bribery involving supervisors and public corporations
- Bribery involving judicial officers and jurors
- Bribery involving witnesses
- Commercial bribery
Bribery is considered a felony in California, punishable by a prison sentence
between two and four years. Additionally, a convicted offender may also
have to pay a restitution fine if a bribe between $2,000 and $10,000 was
not actually received or if the bribe was actually received.
However, bribing a ministerial officer in an amount less than $400 is considered
a misdemeanor, resulting in a maximum jail sentence of one year.
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If you have been charged with bribery and you are looking to hire an experienced
lawyer for representation, we are ready to review your case and determine
all of your legal options. With more than a decade of legal experience
and extensive training in police procedure and investigation, our legal
team has an extensive background in criminal justice that gives you an
advantage in the courtroom.
Contact us and discuss your legal options with our Ventura criminal defense attorney today.