Bribery involves a “quid pro quo,” which means an intent to give or receive something valuable in return for an official or political act. There are a number of different statutes that make bribery a crime. In our state, Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 268A covers bribery crimes. Under federal law, 18 U.S.C. § 201 makes bribery of a federal official punishable by up to 15 years in prison and up to three times the amount of the bribe.
Both bribers and the bribed can be charged with bribery. When one is the briber, it doesn’t matter whether or not the public official accepts the offer. When one is the bribed, he doesn’t have to actually receive the bribe but can be convicted where he, either directly or indirectly, sought or agreed to receive or accept the bribe.
Public corruption and attempts to influence official acts are taken seriously both in Massachusetts and in the federal system, and if you have been charged or think that you might be under investigation for bribery, call a criminal defense lawyer right away.
Speak with a Boston Criminal Lawyer 617-512-0939
If you would like to speak with a Boston criminal lawyer about bribery, call Francis T. O’Brien Jr. of O’Brien Law Boston today at 617-512-0939. Attorney O’Brien has expertise in all areas of criminal law, including white collar crimes. There will be no fee to discuss your case, and all information will be kept confidential.