Federal Criminal Lawyer Explains Bribery Offenses
There are many different kinds of behaviors that are considered to be federal criminal offenses. Federal crimes are divided up into different categories, based on the nature of the offense. One category of crimes relates to bribery, graft, and conflicts of interest.
Offenses that fall within this broad category are defined within 18 U.S. Code Chapter 11.
If you are accused of committing a crime made illegal under Chapter 11 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code, you should be aware that the charges you are facing are very serious.
Many federal bribery offenses are felony crimes, which means that you could face more than a year of imprisonment in a federal prison and could be left with a felony on your record. Even relatively minor offenses can still result in imprisonment, fines, and other life-changing consequences.
Not all attorneys have experience providing representation to defendants accused of federal offenses, and particularly complicated crimes related to bribery, conflicts of interest, and graft. LV Criminal Defense stands apart in the knowledge our attorneys bring to your case because we have so much experience within this area of law.
We have a long track record of successfully providing representation to defendants accused of all different types of offenses under 18 U.S. Code Chapter 11 and our past experiences have prepared us to provide the best reputation possible for you. Whether we negotiate a plea deal on your behalf or help you fight charges in court, we know how to provide the assistance you need to get the best possible outcomes as you deal with federal charges.
To find out more about how a federal criminal defense attorney can help with charges related to bribery, craft, or conflict of interest, give us a call if you live in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California or surrounding areas.
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Federal Laws on Bribery, Graft, and Conflicts of Interest
Within 18 U.S. Code Chapter 11, there are 25 different statutes, one of which was repealed. All of the rest of the statutes either define criminal conduct for which you could be prosecuted, or provide more clarity on the meanings of the words used elsewhere within Chapter 11.
The statutes found within 18 U.S. Code Chapter 11 include:
- 18 U.S. Code section 201 which provide details on the offense of bribing public officials and/or bribing public witnesses.
- 18 U.S. Code section 202 which provides a definition of certain words used within the statutes defining criminal conduct under Chapter 11. Some of the words defined include special government employee; official responsibility; officer; employee; member of congress; executive branch; judicial branch; and legislative branch.
- 18 U.S. Code section 203, which addresses compensation for members of congress and others in a position of authority in connection with matters impacting the government.
- 18 U.S. Code section 204, which establishes penalties for members of congress or members of congress elect who practice in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims or the U.S. Court of Appeals for the federal circuit.
- 18 U.S. Code section 205, which prohibits certain activities of officers and employees in claims against the government and in other matters affecting the government.
- 18 U.S. Code section 206, which exempts retired officers of the military from the provisions of section 203 and section 205.
- 18 U.S. Code section 207, which imposes restrictions on former officers, employees, and executive officials who worked within either the legislative or executive branch.
- 18 U.S. Code section 208, which addresses acts that affect a personal financial interest.
- 18 U.S. Code section 209, which makes clear that the salary of U.S. government officials and employees is payable only by the United States.
- 18 U.S. Code section 210, which deals with criminal conduct in connection with offers to procure a public office to which an individual is typically appointed.
- 18 U.S. Code section 211, which makes it a crime to receive items of value in exchange for appointing someone to public office and which makes it a crime to solicit items of value in exchange for appointing someone to public office.
- 18 U.S. Code section 213, which explains when it is a crime to offer a loan or gratuity to a financial institution examiner.
- 18 U.S. Code section 214 addresses offers to procure a federal reserve bank loan and a discount of commercial paper.
- 18 U.S. Code section 215 explains when it is considered a crime to receive commission or gifts for procuring loans.
- 18 U.S. Code section 216 deals with penalties that can be imposed and certain conditions under which injunctions can be issued.
- 18 U.S. Code section 217 deals with the acceptance of consideration, or items of value, in exchange for adjusting farm indebtedness.
- 198 U.S. Code section 218 defines criminal offenses in connection with voting transactions that are in violation of the provisions of Chapter 11.
- 18 U.S. Code section 219 deals with officers and employees who act as agents of foreign principals and explains when this conduct is unlawful.
- 18 U.S. Code section 220 was renumbered and 18 U.S. Code section 223 was repealed.
- 18 U.S. Code section 224 defines the crime of bribery in a sporting contest.
- 18 U.S. Code section 225 establishes the laws regarding involvement with a continuing financial crime enterprise.
- 18 U.S. Code section 226 deals with the offense of bribery that affects the security of a U.S. port.
- 18 U.S. Code section 227 makes it unlawful for a member of congress or an officer from the executive or judicial branch to wrongfully influence any employment decisions made by a private entity.
If you have been accused of violating these or any other laws, you should reach out to an attorney for help right away.
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LV Criminal Defense will represent you if you live in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, or surrounding areas and you have been accused of offenses related to bribery, craft, or conflicts of interest. Give us a call today to find out more.