MANHATTAN FEDERAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS
According to New York Penal Law § § 200.00-200.56, it is a crime to accept or offer a bribe as either a public servant or someone interacting with a public servant in order to gain a favor or service. Additionally, federal bribery law under 18 U.S.C. § 201 outlines bribery of public officials and witnesses.
Bribes can come in many forms, including the following:
- Cash and currency
- Business advantages
In exchange for a bribe, someone might wish to gain the following:
- Beneficial actions
If you have been accused of the white collar crime of bribery, either as someone who offered a bribe or accepted one, you must start working on your defense right away. Bribery is a federal crime in nearly all circumstances due to its connection with public servants. Therefore, the strength of one or more federal agencies will be against you. Varghese & Associates, P.C. and our Manhattan federal criminal defense attorneys can provide unwavering defense that never backs down from a legal battle. Contact our office today to learn more.
PENALTIES FOR BRIBERY CONVICTIONS
The sentences for federal bribery convictions can vary. As each case varies noticeably from the next, so will the penalties. Many judges will consider 15 years imprisonment to be the maximum penalty for bribery, as well as steep fines that may be a flat amount or three times the value of the accepted bribe, whichever is greater.
LEGAL HELP FOR WHITE COLLAR INVESTIGATIONS
Our Manhattan federal criminal defense attorneys can assist you if you are being targeted by a white collar investigation for potential bribery. With our legal support and experience, we may be able to shut down the investigation if it is unwarranted. If your investigation does not conclude and you are formally charged, you will already be one step ahead of the prosecution, as you will have already retained the services of a trusted legal representative.
Call (212) 529-3925 to schedule an initial consultation.
IS IT ILLEGAL TO RECEIVE A BRIBE OR ILLEGAL TO OFFER A BRIBE?
The federal government considers both the person who offers the bribe and the person who accepts it to be in violation of the law. Each can suffer severe legal consequences if the government obtains a conviction. In many instances, bribes originate from undercover investigators and are offered under unclear circumstances, which may or may not be illegal. If you are a public official, you must be careful when considering favors from others, and if you are charged with bribery please call (212) 529-3925