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A review of bribery as a serious criminal charge

White collar crime is a broad category that mostly covers crimes within the workplace in the private sector. Securities fraud and embezzlement are two types of charges that fall under the umbrella of white collar crime. These typically occur within a company, and are committed by a business organization, or individuals working with the organization.

There is another subcategory of white collar crime that involves public officials: bribery.

Bribery involves a public official, and that public official could be a government employee, local officer, or an elected official. That public official must have the authority to undertake a desired action that would benefit the bribing party. In exchange for undertaking that action, the bribing party must offer the public official something of value.

When prosecutors can demonstrate that a public official accepted something of value to yield a desired outcome for the bribing party, they may be able to show the causal relationship between the two. Causation is a necessary element in a charge of bribery, as is the intent of the bribing party to influence the public official into completing the desired action.

Bribery is illegal and individuals who attempt to influence public officials with items of value can be criminally charged and prosecuted. When facing a charge of bribery, it can benefit a person to receive case-specific legal advice from a legal professional committed to the individual's criminal case. Bribery charges can carry heavy penalties and sanctions, and although an outcome cannot be guaranteed, criminal defense support can help guide individuals through the criminal justice system.

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