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Public Corruption and Bribery

The violation of public trust for personal gain is a serious crime on the Texas State level and in the Federal Court System. Public corruption prosecutors investigate and pursue these crimes through local, state, and federal fraud statutes. 

Contact an experienced criminal justice lawyer immediately if you are facing these serious allegations.

What is the Definition of Public Corruption and Bribery?


Public corruption is defined as any unlawful, unethical, or any otherwise illegal misuse of power or trust for financial, commercial, or personal gain. Bribery is considered the most common form of public corruption. Bribery is committed when an individual induces another person to commit an act using valuable offers, gifts, or other incentives.

The individual who offers these influential gifts has committed active bribery, while the person receiving them has committed passive bribery.

What are Some Examples of Public Corruption and Bribery?


There are many forms of public corruption, in addition to bribery.

Examples of Public Corruption Include:

  • Extortion
  • Blackmail
  • Cyber Extortion
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Lobbying

One common form of public corruption is when medical practitioners prescribe medication solely for through kickback for financial gain. This example also falls within the category of healthcare fraud.

What Federal Laws are Applicable for Public Corruption and Bribery?


Public corruption and bribery are punishable under several statutes in Title 18 of the United States Code. Federal prosecutors work closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in these cases and pursue the harshest possible penalties.

What are the Possible Penalties for Public Corruption and Bribery?


The penalties for public corruption and bribery vary based on the circumstances of the crime, including the title of the individuals involved and the amount of the bribe.

For example, a gift to a public servant could be charged as a Class A misdemeanor and carry a penalty of one year behind bars and fines of up to $4000.

What Defenses Could Be Utilized for Public Corruption and Bribery?


Prosecutors will need to prove that the defendant’s actions were committed in exchange for a monetary offer or other gift. Your criminal defense lawyer will be responsible for creating reasonable doubt in your case.

There are several defense strategies that may be utilized, including:

  • Denial of Illegal Activity
  • Coercion
  • Innocence
  • Lack of Intent

Do not take any actions that may lead to self-incrimination, including destroying evidence. Preserving this evidence may work in your favor to prove that your innocence. Let an experienced criminal defense lawyer review this evidence, regardless of its nature, to build a case to defend you against these allegations.

Why Should I Contact Experienced Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer Gregg Gallian?

Public Corruption and Bribery are serious criminal offenses that will require a strong and solid defense. Contacting experienced federal criminal defense lawyer Gregg Gallian will ensure that you have the best legal representation in your corner.

Gregg Gallian has experience in the federal courtroom and has helped hundreds of clients fight serious criminal allegations. Gallian Defense Firm will work hard to build a solid defense and discredit the prosecution.