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What Exactly Is Bribery?

What Exactly Is Bribery?

According to the California Penal Code Section 92-100, bribery is giving or offering a bribe to a judicial officer, juror, referee, or any person who settles a controversy. The intent is to influence their decision in their favor. Being accused of bribery is serious as it could be punished by up to four years in person. Not only is it serious to offer a bribe, but it is just as serious to accept a bribe. They can also be punished by up to four years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.

A bribe could include a verbal or written communication, a written book or document exhibited, a promise of some kind of benefit, or a threat. If in a criminal trial, someone attempts to intimidate or threaten a member of the jury, they could be put in jail for up to a year or pay a fine of up to $10,000.

As can be seen by the severe penalties, bribery is taken very seriously in the state of California. If you were accused of this crime, do not wait to talk to a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer from our legal team. We have the skill and experience necessary to defend even the most complex case and will work tirelessly to defend your right. Contact a Los Angeles criminal lawyer for a consultation today!

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