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Bribery Charges in Pennsylvania

Criminal Defense Against Bribery Charges

If you were charged with bribery in Pennsylvania, the penalties are very serious. If convicted, you face up a prison sentence and steep fines, not to mention a criminal record, which can deeply impact your future.

Depending on the amount of money involved in the bribe, a conviction could mean many years in prison, a loss of a license or professional career, and the inability to run for public office.

The nature of the alleged bribe will dictate whether the case will be heard under Pennsylvania or U.S. jurisdiction. If you face federal charges, you will need a qualified Pennsylvania Federal Attorney to defend your case.

If you were charged with bribery, seek the help of an experienced and aggressive Pittsburgh Criminal Attorney immediately. Protecting your rights, your freedom and your good name are important for your future.

An arrest is not a conviction.

It is important to not despair if you were charged with a crime. In many instances, charges can be reduced or dropped altogether.

A successful Pittsburgh Criminal Lawyer can help you understand your charges and provide aggressive legal defense against your bribery charges.

OUR NUMBER ONE GOAL: GETTING YOUR CRIMINAL CHARGES DISMISSED.

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PITTSBURGH BRIBERY ATTORNEYS

What is Bribery?

Under Federal statutes, bribery is defined as any action in which an individual directly or indirectly gives, offers, or promises anything of value to a public official in order to influence a formal act.

Both parties involved—the person who give the bribe and the person who accepts the bribe can be charged with a crime.

In order to have a conviction, intent must be proven by the prosecutor.

The most common reasons for bribery typically involve obtaining employment, bribing witnesses involved in a criminal trial, obtaining government contracts, and bribing police to drop charges against other criminal activity.

Bribery may either be an offense under Pennsylvania or Federal jurisdiction. If federal charges have been filed against you, you will need a Federal Defense Attorney who understands federal law to defend your case.

Common types of bribery include:

  • Making payments or giving something of value to an elected official in exchange for business deals/contracts;
  • Making payments or giving something of value to county, state or federal workers, such as health inspection officials;
  • Bribing public officials, including judges, politicians and law enforcement officers such as the police or parole officers. Public officials who accept bribers are also charged with a crime;
  • Bribing banks in order to obtain loans or other financial gain;
  • Bribing witnesses involved in a criminal proceeding;
  • Bribing federal employees.

Penalties for a Bribery Conviction in Pennsylvania

Bribery penalties vary depending on the amount of money involved and whether violence or the threat of violence was used in soliciting the bribe.

If the case is federal or involves RICO or racketeering, the penalties could mean up to 15 years in prison.

OUR NUMBER ONE GOAL: GETTING YOUR CRIMINAL CHARGES DISMISSED.

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PITTSBURGH CRIME LAWYERS

Defending Your Rights Against Bribery Charges

Being charged with bribery does not necessarily mean you will be convicted—building a strong legal defense can help protect your rights and freedom.

At Ketchel Law, our number one goal is to have your case dismissed.

In a criminal case, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the intent was there in order to convict a person of bribery.

A strong defense attorney that pursues every angle in a case can make the difference between a guilty and not guilty verdict—the difference between your freedom and being locked up.

We will stick with you from start to finish.

From the moment you engage Ketchel Law to represent you, we will work tirelessly to ensure every aspect of your defense is addressed at every phase. We will make certain you understand your rights and options so that you are prepared at every turn.

From pre-trial hearings through the trial and beyond, we will fight to have your charges dropped or significantly reduced.

At Ketchel Law, our attorneys will listen to your case closely and ask you questions to fully understand the charges and your side of the story. Then we will obtain all the materials and documentation relevant to the investigation, analyze these materials and present you with options for proceeding.

We will work closely with you to find the best course of action in defending your rights and your freedom.

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