Bribery is a serious white collar crime that involves more than one individual. A bribe is often used to influence a public official or employee of a company to use his or her power and authority to perform an illegal or unethical act. There are many reasons for bribery, whether it is to obtain a contract, job, push a political agenda, or manipulate someone into a decision they would not have ordinarily made.
The following actions can be classified as bribery:
- Paying to get government contracts
- Offering kickbacks or royalties of any type to government officials
- Giving an incentive to a building inspector to ignore a violation
- Selling stock or other items at a below market rate
Giving any gift or incentive to obtain a contract, a vote, or monetary gain is considered a bribe. If you have been charged with this offense, it is important to obtain legal counsel immediately. Your intentions behind the crime will largely determine your charges and the eventual outcome of your case. Bribery attorney Zachary C. Holbrook, P.C. in Utah is well prepared to defend and thoroughly investigate your case. In addition to strategizing a winning defense, he also facilitates plea bargains, reduced or revoked charges, reduced sentencing, and your right to a fair trial.