Attempting to influence a public servant is a form of bribery and is committed when a person offers or plans to give a public official any sort of payment in exchange for an influenced action, aka a modified vote, a change in the outcome of a trial, or any number of actions. Not only can a civilian be charged with attempting to influence a public servant, a public servant can be charged with the same thing if they agree to the bribe offered. Attempting to influence a public servant has been seen plenty of times in the media. Most recently a man in Colorado was charged with eight counts of attempting to influence a public servant alongside his heavier charges of first degree murder. While the counts of bribery may seem less serious, they are still charges that his defense team will have to address. If you are facing charges of bribery, contact an accomplished criminal defense attorney today.
Attempting to Influence a Public Servant Law
A charge of bribery will be sought if you:
offered or planned to offer compensation (money or otherwise)
to a public official
In order to influence their actions
Potential Consequences of Being Charged with Bribery
Attempting to influence a public servant is usually a class 4 felony. Being charged with this can include the following punishments:
up to 6 years in prison,
max fine of $500,000
For more specific details, check out the Colorado statute for attempting to influence a public servant.
Why Should I Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?
It is necessary to be tactical in defense for charges of bribery. Do not discount this charge if it accompanies others because it is serious and it can have consequences. There are possible defenses to the charge of attempting to influence a public servant and in order to explore these defenses you must seek legal help immediately. Contact our office for a free consultation and you can learn how we can help you today.
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