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Defining Bribery

Bribery is the corrupting or influencing of a public official or public servant in their duties by promising, offering or giving them something of value or benefit. It can also include influencing a witness in an official proceeding. Additionally, bribery statutes prohibit a public official, public servant or witness from asking for or accepting such items. The money or gift only needs to be promised, not actually given, to be charged with the crime of bribery.

If you feel you may be under investigation for bribery or if you have been charged, now is the time to contact a Columbus white collar crime lawyer from The Koffel Law Firm to review your case. The firm is highly accomplished in criminal defense cases, particularly white collar crimes, and has been involved in numerous well-known cases representing prominent business leaders and political figures, as well as the general public.

Bribery Charge Penalties

Bribery is actually a form of public corruption, which can include paying a public official to vote in a particular way or to ignore a violation or other action involving getting funds for favors or contracts . Illegal campaign contributions or giving someone a gift, in order to be awarded a contract, also fall under bribery laws. This crime is a third degree felony and the severity of the penalties is based on how much money was given (or the value of the item), the official who was bribed and the benefits received by the person who did the bribing.

Sentencing in a bribery case can include:

  • Imprisonment in a county jail
  • Imprisonment in a state or federal prison
  • Large fines

A public servant who is convicted of bribery will be prohibited from holding any future political office, employment or position of trust in the state. Being charged with this offense can be devastating to your personal and professional life. The firm has shown its ability to provide the proven legal assistance you will need to fight bribery charges. The attorneys understand what is at risk if there is a conviction and their goal is always to get your charges reduced or dismissed, even before a trail takes place.

Contact a Columbus bribery attorney quickly to learn how bribery charges can be successfully resolved.

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