Bribery is a crime in which someone takes something that doesn’t belong to them through the use of a bribe. It is a serious offense that can result in jail time.
If or someone you love is accused of bribery, you’ll want to contact criminal defense lawyer Michael Anzalone. He is experienced in representing people who are accused of bribery and other so-called “white collar” crimes.
White collar crimes got their name in the late 1930s when, according to the Federal Bureau of Statistics - or FBI - coined the phrase. It now is an umbrella term that includes a full range of fraud and other crimes committed by business and government professionals.
White collar crimes, including bribery, typically are characterized by the following: concealment, deceit, a violation of trust or other means of taking property or money. What white collar criminals don’t usually do, however, is use physical force or violence.
In short, bribery consists of the act of giving money or goods - or any other form of compensation - in exchange for something else that benefits the giver. This is done to influence someone.
The bribe can consist of money, property of some kind, privilege or any other object value. It can be in exchange for another action, such as a vote or a promise to do something.
In New Hampshire, crimes are sorted into Class A and Class B felonies. Many of the white collar crimes may be the lower classification. But it all depends upon the circumstances.
If you are charged with a Class B felony, you could face between 3 ½ and 7 years in jail and a fine of up to $4,000. These convictions also carry five years of probation after your release from prison.
If you are convicted on a Class A felony charge, you could be sentenced to at least 7 years of prison, but no more than 15. This also carries a fine of up to $4,000 and 5 years of probation.
Like a conviction on any other charge, this can do more than result in a prison sentence. It can cause many other issues, such as the loss of a job, the loss of driving privileges and it can make it hard for you to get into a good school or get proper housing.
If you are charged with a Class A misdemeanor, you could face up to a year in jail and a fine of $2,000. A Class B misdemeanor charge can result in a fine of up to $1,200. There is no jail time associated with this charge.
No matter what the charges, you will need to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer beside you when your case goes to court.
Michael Anzalone and his associates at The Anzalone Law Firm in Nashua, New Hampshire, will be happy to explain the charges to you tell you what to expect step-by-step.
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