Are you facing a public corruption charge? Don’t know where to turn?
Give criminal defense attorney Michael Anzalone in Nashua, New Hampshire, for help in fighting a public corruption charge.
You will need to have a trusted, experienced and aggressive lawyer to help you and associates at The Anzalone Law Firm can help you get the best outcome possible.
Even though you have been accused of public corruption, you may not fully understand what it is. It is a crime that is committed by someone who is involved in any government office who actually abuses their position to get money or other benefits. It is in simple legal terms a breach of public trust.
It doesn’t matter if the government official was elected to office, appointed or simply hired to do the job. It becomes a federal case if he or she demands or asks for, accepts or receives anything of value in return for being influenced by someone.
Typically it comes in the form of bribery.
If you have been arrested, you will need to speak with an attorney and Michael Anzalone asks that you talk to him before discussing your case with investigators. You want to make sure that what you are saying won’t be used against you in court. So you have to be very careful.
You can read all about public corruption laws in the state’s criminal code, found at RSA 643:2. As described by the state of New Hampshire, a public servant is “any officer or employee of the state or any political subdivision thereof, including judges, legislators, consultants, jurors, and persons otherwise performing a governmental function. A person is considered a public servant upon his election, appointment or other designation as such, although he may not yet officially occupy that position. A person is a candidate for electoral office upon his public announcement of his candidacy.”
You may also be charged with abuse of office, which in New Hampshire is a misdemeanor. And the punishment for this charge is up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. A public corruption charge is a Class B felony. This charge can result in a prison sentence of up to seven years and a maximum fine of up to $4,000.
So, as you can see, the charges are serious and you could face a lengthy jail sentence. This is why you will want a lawyer who can help you navigate the judicial system. These charges, depending on the severity of the accusations, can be tried in either state or federal court. You need a lawyer who can try cases in both venues. Criminal defense attorney Michael Anzalone has represented clients accused of public corruption and his goal is to help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible.
This may be the first time you have ever been arrested. If so, you may be humiliated. This is a crime that can result in the loss of the career you’ve worked so hard for. And it may cause great embarrassment to your family.
Don’t put off calling Michael Anzalone at 603.548.3797 to schedule a free consultation