Scranton Bribery Attorney

Defending People Throughout Pennsylvania

Bribery happens when someone offers or accepts anything of value in exchange for influence on a government employee or public official. This exchange could be in the form of gifts, payments of money, property, various goods, privileges, services, and favors.

If you’re facing a bribery charge, make sure to protect your reputation by enlisting the services of a skilled Scranton criminal defense lawyer. Attorney William D. Thompson is a qualified advocate committed to defending the rights and freedoms of his clients.

Get your case started today by calling us at (570) 666-1068 or filling out our online form to schedule a FREE case consultation.

State Penalties

Under Pennsylvania law, if you’re found guilty of bribery you are being charged with a 3rd-degree felony, one of the more serious offenses you could commit. Conviction means you could face up to 7 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines; however, sentences vary depending on the situation. Pennsylvania Sentencing Guidelines assign an Offense Gravity Score (OGS) to every crime. The judge who looks at your case will take into account a calculation based on the OGS in addition to any prior criminal record. The lower the OGS and the fewer prior convictions you have, the shorter your sentence will be. On the other hand, Pennsylvania trial judges do have the discretion to deviate from the guidelines based on aggravating or mitigating factors.

Federal Penalties

Federal employees will be prosecuted under federal law if they are caught committing bribery. Both the party who bribes and the party that accepts the bribe can be punished under federal bribery laws. Likewise, any activities relating to a court of law might also incur charges of obstruction of justice. If you are found guilty, you will be fined and face up to 15 years in prison. The fine will not exceed the value of the bribe. You will also be disqualified from holding public office. Federal judges and grand juries may use their discretion to sentence you to the maximum amount to determine whether you should be disqualified from holding office in the future.

Talk to Our Skilled Attorney Today!

If you're facing bribery charges, give yourself the chance to build a great defense. Talk to our skilled Scranton white collar crimes attorney about the circumstances of your case. He is dedicated to protecting those who have been criminally accused or charged with a crime. Let him aggressively fight for you in negotiations or in court. We can handle the most complex criminal matters and will fight to help you move on with your life with a clean slate.

Contact us at (570) 666-1068 or fill out our online form to schedule your FREE initial consultation today.

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