There are three degrees of bribery charges within the state of New York. All bribery cases are felony charges, and therefore contain serious penalties if an individual is convicted. If you are currently being charged with bribery, or know someone who is, contact the office of David Galison right away. Mr. Galison is an experienced defense attorney and will be proud to get to work in your defense of these charges.
Bribery in the third degree is the least of the charges under this law, and is outlined as follows -
“A person is guilty of bribery in the third degree when he confers, or offers or agrees to confer, any benefit upon a public servant upon an agreement or understanding that such public servant’s vote, opinion, judgement, action, decision, or exercise of discretion as a public servant will thereby be influenced.”
Basically, and attempt to offer a public official money or other benefit in exchange for a favor is against the bribery law. This third degree charge is a class D felony, carrying the potential for up to seven years in prison.
In order to escalate to a second degree charge, the benefit in question must be valued at over $10,000. Second degree bribery is a class C felony, and is punishable by up to 15 years in jail.
First degree bribery is the same basic concept as the first two, but it involves offering a bribe in exchange for benefit in a class A felony criminal case. If you try to bribe a judge or related official in a class A felony case, you can receive first degree bribery charges. This charge is a class B felony, and can bring up to 25 years in prison for a conviction.
Contact our office for a free consultation right away if you are being charged with bribery. We can be reached at 516-242-4477 anytime during normal business hours. We look forward to your call.