West Palm Beach Extortion & Bribery Attorney
Claims of extortion or bribery can ruin a person’s business, personal life, and professional reputation. It is important to take an investigation or charges of bribery and extortion seriously, as conviction for these crimes can come with serious penalties. The West Palm Beach extortion & bribery attorneys at the Skier Law Firm are familiar with the regulations and laws governing extortion and bribery, and we zealously defend the rights of our clients being accused of these crimes.
What is Extortion?
Extortion is defined as the use of threats, coercion, or intimidation to get money, goods, or services. The willingness of the person giving the money, goods, or services must be directly because of the use of threats, coercion, or intimidation. Common forms of extortion include shakedowns, extraction, blackmail, public corruption, or ransom. Cyberextortion is a form of extortion, where a person electronically steals secrets from another and threatens to release them unless money, goods, or services are paid.
What is Bribery?
Bribery is defined as the offering, giving, receiving, or solicitation of anything of value in exchange for a favor from someone who works in government, politics, business, sports, or public service. Even the mere offering of anything of value is considered bribery, and the actual exchange does not need to take place in order for charges to be filed.
Under federal law, 18 U.S.C. Sec. 666, it is against the law to for any agent of a political organization to solicit or demand anything worth more than $5,000 with the intent of it being used as an influence or award. This applies to any local or state entity that receives federal money. In addition, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act forbids bribes to foreign officials in order to win international contracts for businesses and can be charged with bribery for doing so.
Penalties for Extortion & Bribery
Under Florida law, conviction for bribery and extortion is a second degree felony offense. This comes with a prison sentence up to fifteen years, fifteen years of probation, and a fine up to $10,000. A federal conviction for bribery includes a fine up to three times the amount of the bribe in addition to up to fifteen years in federal prison. That person is also disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit for the United States. A federal conviction for extortion comes with a wide range of penalties, depending on who did the extorting and to whom. All convictions at the federal level for extortion come with serious fines and prison sentences.
Call The Skier Law Firm Now
If you are suspected of bribery or extortion you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights and defend you against overzealous prosecutors. State and federal agencies could be building a case against you at this very moment, so do not hesitate to call or contact our office today. Speak with a criminal defense lawyer at the Skier Law Firm in West Palm Beach about your case now.