Bribery in Arizona

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Bribery is a white collar crime that involves offering something of value to someone in a position of power in exchange for favors which affect that person’s actions or decisions in their official role. This crime requires that an individual giving or accepting the bribe does so with “corrupt intent.”

If you have been arrested and charged with bribery in Arizona, Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys are prepared to protect your rights, reputation, and most importantly, your freedom. With years of experience, we have successfully handled a variety of white collar cases, including high-profile crimes.

Arizona Penalties for Bribery

The penalties for bribery depends on the way the crime occurred. For example, bribery involved a public servant is considered a Class 4 felony, which is punishable by a prison sentence of one and a half years to three years, as well as fines of up to $150,000. However, it is a Class 6 felony when bribery involves a public official who offers or accepts an incentive in exchange for appointment to a public office. This type of crime is commonly referred to as “trading in public office.”

Commercial bribery involves offering benefits to an employee in exchange for influencing the employee’s actions about their job. Any employee who accepts such offers will be found guilty of commercial bribery.

Commercial bribery is classified by the following:

  • Bribe value of less than $100 – Class 1 misdemeanor
    • Maximum jail sentence of six months
    • Fines of up to $2,500
  • Bribe value between $100 and $1,000 – Class 6 felony
    • Prison sentence between six months and one and a half years
    • Fines of up to $150,000
  • Bribe value of more than $1,000 – Class 5 felony
    • Prison sentence between nine months and two years
    • Fines of up to $150,000

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Since the crime of bribery is associated with significant penalties, it is imperative to seek legal representation from an experienced and skilled lawyer. Our legal team understands the intricacies of the criminal justice system and can determine all of your legal options for the best results possible. Our legal team can investigate your accusations and collect evidence to develop an aggressive and personalized defense strategy just for you.

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