Bribery Attorneys in Maryland
Fighting to Protect Your Constitutional Rights
Bribery, generally speaking, involves any attempt to obtain illegal advantage by trading, offering to trade, or receiving something of value in exchange for influence over an action or inaction. Bribery is considered public corruption and, in many cases, is punishable under federal law.
If you have been accused of or charged with bribery, contact the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates right away. Our Baltimore white collar crime attorneys can work quickly to defend your rights and help you understand your legal options. With more than 25 years of experience, we are equipped to handle a wide variety of complex federal criminal defense cases, including those involving graft, bribery, and public corruption. We assist clients in Baltimore, Annapolis, Bel Air, and throughout the state of Maryland.
Contact us at (443) 709-9999 or submit an online request form. We offer free, confidential case evaluations.
Penalties for Bribery & Corruption in the U.S.
Penalties for bribery in the United States vary, depending on the specific statute violated, the number of alleged offenses, and various other factors. Make no mistake, however, bribery and corruption are prosecuted heavily. If you are convicted, you may face maximum penalties.
Penalties for violating the General Federal Bribery Statute (bribery of a public official) include:
- Fines up to three times the financial value of the item offered/received as a bribe
- Up to 15 years in prison
- Disqualification of eligibility to hold public office
Individuals convicted of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (bribery of foreign officials) may face the following penalties:
- Fines up to $100,000 or up to $5 million for each violation
- Up to 5 years or up to 20 years in prison for each violation
- Civil penalties, including up to $10,000 in additional fines
- Mandatory forfeiture of assets/disgorgement of profits
- Temporary or permanent disqualification from conducting business with the government
Companies that are convicted of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act may face criminal fines up to $2 million or up to $25 million per violation, as well as up to $10,000 in additional civil fines by the Securities Exchange Commission.
Speak to Our Experienced Legal Team Today
The United States government takes bribery extremely seriously. If you or your company has been charged with bribery or corruption, it is imperative that you call our firm as soon as possible to discuss your case. At the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, we firmly believe in defending your most basic right under the U.S. Constitution—you are innocent until proven guilty. Our legal team does everything in its power to help you protect your rights, your future, and your freedom.