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Bribery is most commonly defined as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty.
A bribe is defined as the gift that is given to influence the person's behavior. A bribe can be money, an object of value, or merely a promise or undertaking to induce or influence the action.
In most jurisdictions including California, bribery is considered a felony in a court of law. There is usually a large amount of public scrutiny that comes with a Criminal Bribery charge.
Bribery laws in California punish all sides of the illegal agreement. There can be criminal charges if you received or gave the bribe. The receiver or potential receiver of the criminal bribe is charged when effort of substantial actions is demonstrated to act upon the bribe.
Political Bribery arises when city council members, city planning commissioners, treasurers, mayors and other politicians are charged with accepting bribes.
Commercial Bribery arises when business owners are accused of accepting bribes inducing them to enter into a transaction.
In most bribery cases, circumstantial evidence is all that is needed to convict a person for bribery. A lawyer can negotiate your case with the District Attorney or litigate your case at trial. Hiring a lawyer is paramount in fighting a bribery charge because the amount given or item used to commit the bribe (favors can also be considered bribes) is not weighed, it is the mental state of committing the bribe or the substantial step made to complete the bride.
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