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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.
At Wilfert Law, PC, 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.