Bribery typically involve public individuals or officials. This means, charges of illegal bribery have to demonstrate that something of value was exchanged. They may reflect an exchange of altered testimony (court witness), political favors, financial gain or other benefits.
Other individuals often involved in illegal bribes may be:
- School administration
- Police officials
- Municipal officials
- Judiciary figures
- Political figures
- Public groups/organizations
It is illegal to take a bribe, and it is illegal to offer anyone in a public or otherwise meaningful position a bribe.
According to the Legal Information Institute, any attempt to illicit a bribe is also illegal. In fact, it is just as illegal as participating in an actual bribe.
“Solicitation of a bribe also constitutes a crime and is completed regardless of whether the solicitation results in the receipt of a valuable gift,” says the Legal Information Institute.
Being found guilty of either soliciting a bribe, or accepting a bribe, could mean jail time.
If you are facing charges of illegal bribery, an experienced criminal defense attorney can protect your rights while fighting for leniency. Call (216) 407-5199 to speak with a lawyer skilled in illegal bribery cases right away.