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
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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
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