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Attorney Explanation of Federal Laws Against Bribery

By Spodek Law Group | October 20, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 20, 2023)

Last Updated on: 20th October 2023, 01:51 pm


Attorney Explanation of Federal Laws Against Bribery

Hey there! As an attorney, I know that federal bribery laws can be pretty confusing for the average person. That’s why I wanted to write this article to explain the key federal laws against bribery in simple terms that anyone can understand. My goal is to help you learn the basics of these laws, how they work, and what the penalties are if you violate them. I’ll try to keep it conversational and avoid complex legal jargon. Sound good? Let’s dive in!

What is Bribery?

First things first – what exactly is bribery? Basically, bribery is offering or giving something of value to influence an official action or decision. It’s a form of corruption where someone uses gifts, money, or favors to get preferential treatment or a favorable outcome from someone in power.

Both the person offering the bribe (the briber) and the person receiving it (the bribee) are breaking the law. It doesn’t matter whether the bribe is for a good cause or if the outcome seems fair – bribery itself is illegal.

Defenses Against Bribery Charges

Facing federal bribery charges is serious business. But all hope isn’t lost if you find yourself under investigation or indicted. There are some legal defenses that an experienced attorney may use to fight the charges, such as:

  • Lack of intent – Arguing that you did not have intent to influence or induce unlawful action. Perhaps the “bribe” was an innocent campaign contribution or gift.
  • Entrapment – When law enforcement induces you to commit bribery you otherwise wouldn’t have.
  • Duress – Showing your actions were made under threat, coercion or force.
  • Lack of “quid pro quo” – Demonstrating there was no clear agreement or exchange between the bribe and official act.
  • Constitutional violations – Like evidence obtained through an illegal search or interrogation.

Having an experienced federal bribery defense lawyer who understands these defenses is critical if you hope to beat the charges. Don’t leave your future to chance!

Penalties for Federal Bribery Convictions

If all defenses fail and you’re convicted of federal bribery, you’ll be facing some very harsh penalties:

  • Lengthy prison sentences – Up to 15 years per bribery count
  • Massive fines – Up to 3 times the bribe’s value
  • Asset forfeiture – Having property and money seized
  • Loss of position – Being fired and barred from public office
  • Civil penalties – Fines, damages, and lawsuits
  • Reputational harm – Permanently tarnished credibility

As you can see, a federal bribery conviction can literally destroy your life. You’ll lose your freedom, finances, career, reputation, and more. That’s why vigorously fighting the charges is so critical.


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