Law enforcement authorities take allegations of bribery very seriously. If you are convicted of bribery in the state of Arizona, the consequences you face could range from misdemeanor-level fines and jail time to a lengthy stay in prison for a felony conviction.
To contest these allegations and obtain a positive case outcome, you need help from a seasoned defense attorney. A Mesa bribery lawyer at Grand Canyon Law Group can explain the unique aspects of each type of offense and help you create a solid defense for the charges against you. Do not delay in seeking the legal help you need to protect your way of life.
Under Arizona Revised Statutes §13-2602, it is a class 4 felony for any person to offer or confer any benefit to a public servant or official to influence that party’s actions within their governmental role. It is also illegal for any public servant to accept or solicit such an offer. If convicted of this offense, a defendant faces up to 3.75 years in prison. Offering to influence the actions of a public official on another person’s behalf in exchange for personal benefit is also a class 4 felony under A.R.S. §13-2606, even if no undue influence is actually exerted.
Other than lawful contributions to political campaigns, it is a class 6 felony to solicit, offer, or provide a nomination for public office or appointment to a governmental position in exchange for personal favors or benefits, under A.R.S. §13-2603. A conviction for this offense could lead to up to two years imprisonment. Notably, a conviction will also prohibit the defendant from ever holding public office again, as per A.R.S. §13-2604. Our Mesa bribery attorneys can fight charges filed under any of these statutes to protect a defendant’s rights and freedom.
According to A.R.S. §13-2605, commercial bribery is when someone provides some sort of benefit to an employee with the intent of encouraging them to engage in conduct that will cause their employer to suffer economic loss. It is also a criminal act for an employee to accept such a benefit with an understanding of its implications.
The penalties associated with a conviction for commercial bribery vary depending on the value of the benefit offered or received.
The knowledgeable attorneys at Grand Canyon Law Group can help you understand the specific commercial bribery charges against you and fight to reduce your chances of conviction.
Criminal allegations of bribery can occur any time there is a hint of perceived impropriety between public officials or business executives. Fortunately, our lawyers are former prosecutors who understand how to contest the charges against you. We have a proven track record of effectively contesting bribery accusations in court.
Once retained, a Mesa bribery lawyer can work tirelessly to collect exculpatory evidence, challenge the core elements of the prosecution’s argument, and seek a beneficial resolution to your case. Call us today to learn more.