Corruption or Bribery Charges

Bribery Laws (Penal Code 67, 68)

Charged with Bribery in Northern California?

Offering bribes to a public official, or accepting bribes as a government or public official are serious charges. Contact Ginny Walia Law Offices right away so we can help you deal with this very serious legal matter.

If convicted of bribery, you may face:

  • 3 to 4 years incarceration in a state prison
  • up to 15 years in a federal penitentiary
  • disqualified from holding office in California
  • Fines of $2000 – $250,000

Bribery is a serious criminal charge under the California and Federal criminal laws.

Bribing an Official

Every person who gives or offers any bribe to any executive officer in this state, with intent to influence him in respect to any act, decision, vote, opinion, or other proceeding as such officer, is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three or four years, and is disqualified from holding any office in this state.

Corruption – Receiving a Bribe

You can be charged with bribery if you accepted or requested a gift or payment in exchange for favorable treatment, vote, ruling or action as a public official.

Every executive or ministerial officer, employee, or appointee of the State of California, a county or city therein, who asks, receives, or agrees to receive, any bribe, upon any agreement or understanding that his or her vote, opinion, or action upon any matter then pending, or that may be brought before him or her in his or her official capacity, shall be influenced thereby, is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years and, in cases in which no bribe has been actually received, by a restitution fine of not less than two thousand dollars ($2,000) or not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Federal Bribery Charges

Under Federal law, bribery is a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 201. If convicted of the charge, a defendant faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Relevant code sections

California Penal code 67

Every person who gives or offers any bribe to any executive officer in this state, with intent to influence him in respect to any act, decision, vote, opinion, or other proceeding as such officer, is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three or four years, and is disqualified from holding any office in this state.

California Penal code 67.5

  1. Every person who gives or offers as a bribe to any ministerial officer, employee, or appointee of the State of California, county or city therein, or political subdivision thereof, any thing the theft of which would be petty theft is guilty of a misdemeanor.
  2. If the theft of the thing given or offered would be grand theft the offense is a felony punishable by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170.

California Penal code 68

  1. Every executive or ministerial officer, employee, or appointee of the State of California, a county or city therein, or a political subdivision thereof, who asks, receives, or agrees to receive, any bribe, upon any agreement or understanding that his or her vote, opinion, or action upon any matter then pending, or that may be brought before him or her in his or her official capacity, shall be influenced thereby, is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years and, in cases in which no bribe has been actually received, by a restitution fine of not less than two thousand dollars ($2,000) or not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or, in cases in which a bribe was actually received, by a restitution fine of at least the actual amount of the bribe received or two thousand dollars ($2,000), whichever is greater, or any larger amount of not more than double the amount of any bribe received or ten thousand dollars ($10,000), whichever is greater, and, in addition thereto, forfeits his or her office, employment, or appointment, and is forever disqualified from holding any office, employment, or appointment, in this state.
  2. In imposing a restitution fine pursuant to this section, the court shall consider the defendant’s ability to pay the fine.

18 USC §201

18 U.S.C. § 201 proscribes bribery and the acceptance of certain gratuities.

Ginny Harjot Walia is a California criminal defense attorney who can represent you for federal bribery charges or California bribery charges.