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Federal Bribery

Answers from a Former Prosecutor

Few criminal charges grab the public's attention like bribery. These charges can end careers in public office, damage the reputation of business owners, and, if convicted, bankrupt and imprison the accused. As many of these cases reflect poorly on institutions that have pledged to have the public's interests in mind, federal statutes take bribery charges very seriously and have outlined a number of harsh penalties in response.

If you've been accused of offering or accepting bribes, it is absolutely crucial that you seek the representation of an effective Honolulu federal crimes attorney. Here at the Law Office of Victor Bakke, ALC, we have extensive experience in federal court and as a former prosecutor. We know how to protect your rights during this difficult, and often public process.

Bribery Definitions & Penalties

Under federal law, bribery can be charged to individuals offering bribes to public officials or public officials accepting bribes. These bribes must be determined in court to have intended to gain favorable influence. A judge accepting money to dole out a lighter sentence is bribery. As is offering a public official gifts to accept a certain contractor bid. Any time money or valuable goods or stations are offered to or accepted by public officials in exchange for gain through official channels, it is considered bribery.

Penalties for bribery include:

  • Up to 15 years in prison
  • Fines up to triple the amount of the value of each bribe
  • Permanent disqualifications for public officials to hold further office

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