One of the most common forms of corruption that plagues governments and institutions is bribery. This act surrounds monies or gifts given to officials with the intent of altering the behavior of the recipient. In other words, it is an instance of the old adage “you scratch my back, and I will scratch yours.” The offer or acceptance of anything valuable to or by a government official in exchange for influence or favors is a serious federal crime, and such charges require that you obtain knowledgeable legal counsel.
Bribery can come in many shapes, forms and sizes and has been in existence as long as power itself has. The essence of the crime is gaining influence over another through the bestowing of gifts, whether they be money, goods, property, privilege, advantage, promotion, or any other item or act of value. Both the briber and the person being bribed can be subject to criminal charges, and because of the immense impact that such actions can have on trustworthy and effective government, bribery is pursued vigorously by law enforcement agents and prosecutors. This serious matter can land you in prison for up to 15 years, lead to fines of up to three times the bribe’s value, and permanently disqualify you from holding any position with the United States government.
Customs and cultural norms can vary widely from place to place, and thus bribery charges can often be wholly unjustified and unmerited. We at McLane Bednarski & Litt, LLP will tenaciously fight against these charges and seek to protect your future and your dignity to the fullest extent. Using our extensive knowledge of the federal criminal defense system as well as our many years of collective experience, our attorneys can be of great help to your cause.
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