Public Corruption

Public corruption involves a breach of public trust or abuse of position by federal, state, or local officials and their private sector accomplices. By broad definition, a government official, whether elected, appointed or hired, may violate federal law when he/she asks, demands, solicits, accepts, or agrees to receive anything of value in return for being influenced in the performance of their official duties.

If you are under investigation for public corruption or face charges for violation of state or federal laws, you will need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. Contact Brian Zeiger for a free consultation. Public corruption is a serious charge and carries hefty penalties. In Pennsylvania, a charge of public corruption can lead to imprisonment for up to 7 years and fines ranging from $2,500-$15,000.

Bribery: a common form of Public Corruption

One of the most high-profile forms of public corruption is bribery of a public official. Federal legislators are continuing to work on legislation that increases penalties for public corruption and that attempts to close loopholes created by previous legislation. Ethics violations occur at all levels of government (local, state, and federal) and includes allegations of judicial, legislative, regulatory, contract, and law enforcement corruption. Law enforcement corruption accounts for more than one-third of the current corruption investigations. These cases typically involve law enforcement officers accepting money to protect (or facilitate) drug-trafficking and organized criminal activity.

 

Anti-trust Violations

Antitrust laws are statutes developed by the U.S. Government to protect consumers from predatory business practices by ensuring that fair competition exists in an open-market economy. Violations of anti-trust laws fall into a wide range of questionable business activities, including but not limited to bribery, price-fixing, restraints, price discrimination, and monopolization.

Anti-trust violations constitute felonies. As such, they may be punished with heavy fines or prison time. Individuals may be required to pay up to $350,000 or have to spend up to three years in prison. Corporations can be forced to pay up to $10,000,000.

 

Contact Brian Zeiger

When you need a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania attorney to defend you when arrested and charged with a with a white-collar crime, contact Brian Zeiger. It is critical to have an experienced attorney advocating on your behalf. Brian Zeiger is an experienced criminal defense attorney who will vigorously defend your rights.

An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you determine whether you have any grounds for dismissal of the charges, explore plea options, or represent you at trial. Only someone familiar with the criminal court system and cases like yours will know how good your chances are for a favorable outcome. A knowledgeable attorney will take all of this into consideration, assist you in making decisions about your case, and protect your rights.

Contact The Zeiger Firm today at (215) 546-0340 for a consultation, and let us help you.

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/white-collar_crime
  2. https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/corruption
  3. http://criminal.findlaw.com/criminal-charges/white-collar-crime.html
  4. http://www.ncsl.org/research/ethics/50-state-chart-criminal-penalties-for-public-corr.aspx#PA
  5. http://criminal-law.freeadvice.com/criminal-law/criminal-law/public-corruption.htm
  6. https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/antitrust
  7. http://www.nolo.com/dictionary/white-collar-crime-term.html
  8. https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/public_corruption