West Palm Beach Public Corruption Attorney
Although the news might focus on one or two big cases involving public corruption, more than 1,060 government employees were convicted of corrupt activities between 2004 and 2005. This includes 177 federal officials, 158 state officials, 360 local officials, and 365 police officers, according to statistics compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. If you believe you may be under investigation for charges of bribery or kickbacks, you need to retain the services of our experienced West Palm Beach criminal defense attorneys at Perlet, Shiner, Melchiorre & Walsh, P.A. as soon as possible.
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Bribery occurs when a government official, or anyone who conducts business on behalf of the public, uses the status of his or her position in exchange for something of value. Bribery charges can result simply from accepting a promise to offer something of value; it does not need to be received. The penalties for a conviction of bribery can include up to 15 years in prison and fines. Civil actions can also result with charges of up to $50,000 for each violation. Also, the State Attorney's Office has a specialty unit for Public Corruption and pursues these cases aggressively, oftentimes without merit or adequate evidence.
Most projects that receive federal money are subject to rules against kickbacks. A kickback is an agreement between a government official and another party where the official agrees to direct business to the party in exchange for something of value. Both the party who offers the kickback and the official who accepts it are subject to investigation of the crime. Penalties include prison time of up to 5 years and/or fines as high as $5,000 per count, if convicted. The FBI and the State Attorney's Office has a special unit to investigate pubic corruption.