Orlando Bribery Defense Lawyers

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In Florida, bribery is giving, offering, or promising to give something of value to a public official in an attempt to influence that individual’s decision. The crime also includes a public official taking or soliciting such a bribe.

Common Types of Bribery Charges

Bribery is a white collar crime. Like most white collar crimes it can be either classified as a federal crime of a state crime depending on circumstances surrounding the offense. Typical bribery situations generally involve the following public agents of entities.

  • An employee
  • An agent
  • A professional practitioner such as a doctor, lawyer accountant, etc.
  • A sports official
  • A business partner or business director

Florida Penalties for Bribery

It is a second degree felony to bribe someone to violate a common law duty in a commercial setting. Penalties can include:

  • 15 years in prison for bribing a public official
  • A fine of up to 3 times the amount of the bribe for bribing a public official
  • 5 years in prison for bribing a sporting official
  • 15 years in prison for bribing a port authority figure
  • 30 years in prison for bribing a bank official
  • A $1 million fine for bribing a bank official

Bribery cases are very complicated and you will need an attorney with experience in this area of law. It is no defense that the official offered the bribe did not take it or solicit it. It is also no defense that the official was not in office or did not have the power to perform the solicited act. If a public official or other listed person solicited a bribe, it is no defense that the person solicited did not give or offer a bribe.

Criminal Defense Against Bribery Charges

Bribery charges can often result out of a misunderstanding. A poorly timed joke with a humorless government employee could result in an arrest. There is also sometimes a thin line between permissible payments, legal gratuities, or incentives offered to the organization as a whole and wrongful conduct. This could lead to either possible misperception or accidental violations of the law.

An experienced Florida criminal attorney can help show that no criminal conduct was intended and possibly persuade the State Attorney to not pursue charges in the interest of justice.

If the State Attorney proceeds with the prosecution, the lawyer will fight to show that even if the prosecution witnesses truly believed a bribe was being offered, that there actually was no bribe within the meaning of the law. Remember, there are both sides of the law that can argue whether an action was bribery or not.

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Burglary of Dwelling; Petit Theft

Withhold with 6 months probation and impulse control; adjudication withheld

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Nolle Prosequi-Case Dropped

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Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

CT- Driving under the influence car

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

Grand Theft Third Degree

Adjudicated Guilty; One day jail/one day time serve; Restitution fees; Court Cost

Petit Theft < 300

We negotiated an agreement that entailed the State dropping the charge after our client completed a Pre-Trial Diversion Program. The Charge was dropped via a Nolle Prosequi.

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Withhold of Adjudication; No points on license; Paid fine and clerk cost; 8 hour aggressive driver class; 90 days to satisfy fine and class

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No Information Notice - Charges Dropped

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Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

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Pled No Contest, 1 Year Probation, 10 day Car Impound, Community Service

Motion to Modify Probation

Motion Granted in 48 hours

Petit Theft

Adjudication Withheld, 4 Months probation, Costs/Fines, Impulse Control Class

Petit Theft of $100 or MORE (M1)

Nolle Prosequi

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Case Dropped

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Charges dropped

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Charges dropped

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