In California, corruption is the crime of breaching the public trust or abusing the power of a government position or office. Corruption is usually associated with the act of bribery. Both offering and accepting bribes are grounds for a corruption charge. A bribe can occur in the form of gifts or money, and there are many different categories of bribery and corruption depending on the roles and level of importance of those involved in the charges. Transfer of the bribe is not required to establish guilt for these charges as merely offering the bribe is considered an equivalent crime.
FACING PUBLIC CORRUPTION CHARGES?
Punishment for a public corruption conviction varies depending on the specifics of the charges. Offering a bribe to a ministerial officer, employee of the state, or appointee of the state can be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the value of the bribe: if theft of the bribe would constitute a grand theft charge, the corruption charge becomes a felony as well. Attempting to bribe to any judicial officer, arbitrator, juror, or referee is punishable by two to four years in prison. Offering a bribe to an executive officer entails the same prison time and a strict disqualification from holding any state office positions. Requesting or receiving a bribe as a judicial officer, arbitrator, juror, referee, or any person authorized by law to hear controversy is punishable by two to four years in prison as well as a fine ranging from $4,000 to double the value of the bribe.
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Regardless of the specifics of any public corruption charges you may be facing, the attorneys at Okabe & Haushalter believe everyone deserves a fair trial. The most important issue in any public corruption case is that of intent; the harder it is for the prosecution to establish corrupt intent, the less likely a conviction will be. If you are facing any public corruption charges, do not hesitate to contact the seasoned attorneys at Okabe & Haushalter. Protect your reputation and way of life. Call Okabe & Haushalter today for a free consultation. We always fight for the best possible outcome for our clients.