Bribery can take many forms and is punishable under a variety of federal and state statutes. 18 U.S.C. § 201 prohibits, for example, government officials and employees from demanding, seeking, receiving, accepting, or agreeing to accept anything of value in exchange for being influenced as to their conduct or decisions, as well as prohibiting anyone from giving, offering, or promising to give anything of value to a government official or employee in exchange for such. This statute also prohibits bribery of witnesses before the federal courts or the legislature. Federal statutes also prohibit other forms of bribery, such as bribery of, and acceptance of bribes by, foreign officials, bank officials, private citizens who are connected to federally funded programs, as well as bribery in sporting contests and bribery affecting port security.
Bribery is subject to serious statutory penalties, including, depending on the nature of the bribery involved, fines of up to three (3) times the amount of the bribe and imprisonment of up to fifteen (15) years. Public officials who are convicted of bribery may also be prohibited for life from holding a public office.
Given the high stakes involved, it is imperative that individuals facing bribery charges choose an attorney with the knowledge and experience necessary to defend such a case. I have chosen to focus my practice on White Collar Crimes, including federal bribery matters. Over the last 40 years, I have earned a successful track record in high stakes white collar matters and have argued before the United States Supreme Court as well as other federal courts throughout the country. I fight hard to enforce the rights of my clients, and I believe in the integrity of that fight.
If you have questions or concerns about a federal bribery matter, I invite you to contact me directly to discuss it at (800) 780-2889 or Patrick@MullinDefense.com. You will discuss your concerns with me personally—never an associate or a paralegal. In addition, you should know that your contact with me, and with my firm, is privileged under the law, regardless of whether or not you decide to retain my firm to represent you.