The offense of bribery usually occurs in situations where someone is attempting to influence the decision of a public office holder. It includes any person who holds any position or office in a political party, whether by election, appointment or otherwise. A charge of bribery can have serious ramifications on a person’s employment, reputation or family, and since this is a criminal offense, an attorney with experience and knowledge in criminal law should be sought for assistance in defending against an accusation of bribery.
Bribery of a Public Servant or Party Officer
Bribery of a public servant or party officer requires that a person intentionally offers, confers or agrees to confer a benefit upon a public servant or party officer with the intent to influence the public servant’s or party officer’s vote, opinion, judgment, exercise of discretion or other action in his official capacity as a public servant or party officer. This offense also can be committed while a public servant or party officer, solicits, or agrees to accept any benefit upon an understanding that his vote, opinion, judgment, exercise of discretion or other action as a public servant or party officer may be influenced. It is no defense to a prosecution under this section that a person sought to be influenced was not qualified to act in the desired way because such person had not yet assumed office, lacked jurisdiction or for any other reason. Bribery of a public servant or party officer is a class four felony. A criminal defense attorney knows that an accusation such as this can be harmful to a person’s reputation.