Bribery

Bribery Charges in Texas

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The Texas Penal Code § 36.02 describes bribery as "intentionally or knowingly" offering, soliciting, accepting, or agreeing to accept any benefits in exchange for actions or favors that violate the duty of the recipient's political or business position. In its most basic form, bribery is the giving of money to someone in power to sway that person's opinion or decisions. However, "benefits" is a broad term, and this statute can address the exchange of many different items or favors in order to achieve influence.

Bribery is a serious crime in both the State of Texas and on the federal level. If you have been accused, the time to seek aggressive and convincing counsel is now. At Guerra & Farah, PLLC, our legal team brings more than three decades of combined legal experience to our cases and aggressively fights to have our clients' voice heard in a court of law.

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Specific Circumstances of Bribery

Those accused of bribery often believe that the circumstances of their alleged offense may hold the key to beating their charge. However, the Texas bribery statute covers several specific circumstances many might believe would not constitute bribery.

The following circumstances can still be considered bribery in Texas:

  • The bribe recipient was not actually in a position perform the agreed upon action.
  • The agreed upon action occurred before the exchange of benefits or money.
  • In the case of bribing a public servant, the benefits or money were not given to the recipient until he or she ceases to be a public servant.

Bribery is always considered a second degree felony in Texas, which comes with a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000. These penalties vary if your alleged bribery offense is a considered a federal charge.

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