Bribery in California

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In California, not only does a bribery conviction result in imprisonment and fines, but it can also ruin your career and reputation. Fortunately, our Santa Barbara criminal defense attorneys at Appel & Morse can help. With more than 30 years of combined experience, we have successfully handled a wide variety of white collar crime cases and we are confident that we can help you obtain the most favorable outcome possible.

CA Bribery Laws & Penalties

Bribery is an effort to influence, through providing money or gifts, a public official in a corrupt manner in the course of that official’s work. The law of bribery in California extends through various laws, dealing with numerous individuals such as public officers, legislative officers, public corporations, judicial officers and jurors, as well as witnesses.

Bribery is mostly considered a felony, punishable by a state prison sentence between two and four years. In addition, a conviction also results in paying a restitution fine.

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Bribery is a specific intent criminal offense, which means that there cannot be a conviction without corrupt intent. If you are accused of bribery and you didn’t mean to wrongfully influence any kind of official, having an experienced attorney on your side can help you either get your case dismissed completely or your charges significantly reduced. Our Santa Barbara criminal defense lawyers can investigate your case, collect and analyze evidence, and build a strong defense strategy to protect your rights and future.

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