When it comes to the penal code, it’s actually pretty easy to get confused over the letter of the law, making understanding what’s on the page that much more difficult. When you look at it, the reason behind this is pretty clear–the penal code wasn’t written for the average person but rather for lawyers who have literally years of experience decoding and applying the law under their belts. With all of that said, it’s definitely possible to make sense of the law by breaking it down into easy to manage chunks and then proceeding that way. In this post we’re going to take a look at the charge of Bribery of Executive Officers or Public Employees, the definitions involved, some of the punishments, and the defenses that you can use in your case.
This charge is basically when some sort of public official takes part in a corrupt activity in order to receive money or something else of value. The important thing to note, of course, is that the crime of bribery does in fact go both ways. You can be convicted of this crime for either offering a bribe to a public official or accepting one if you happen to be a public official. When it comes to charges of bribery, this can apply if one of the parties involved is an executive officer, or a ministerial officer/public employee, or an officer and public employee. The definition is fairly broad and the net that covers these charges is wide. In all cases, though, this is a crime that’s charged as a felony. Again, to be considered covered under this crime, something of value has to have been offered with corrupt intent to one of the officials we spoke about earlier. If you don’t have the item of value involved or the corrupt intent, it doesn’t constitute a crime. In all of these cases as well, the penalties will include imprisonment, fines, as well as forfeiture of office should you be a public official, and disqualification from holding any future office. As facing a felony can be a pretty serious thing to do, it’s important to take into account some of the defenses you have on your side. Let’s take a look at these defenses now to see where you stand.
One of the main defenses when it comes to the charge of Bribery of Executive Officers or Public Employees is to claim that you didn’t have corrupt intent when offering what amounted to a bribe. Another thing to consider is the question of whether you were entrapped, if there was coercion there, or maybe if intoxication was a factor. When you take all of these things into account, it will definitely be possible for you to get your charges reduced or even dropped altogether.
As you can see, it’s actually not that hard to understand the penal code once you break it down into manageable chunks that make sense as opposed to the somewhat complicated legalese that you’ll encounter in the law itself. This applies to any law, of course, not just the charge of Bribery of Executive Officers or Public Employees. With all of that being said, if you’re facing some kind of legal trouble and believe that one of the legal defenses that we talked about earlier in this post might apply to you, it’s definitely important that you get in touch with the right legal counsel for the job. So get in touch with us as soon as possible and we’ll get the situation taken care of.