Official Corruption

Florida White Collar Crime Lawyers

Public officials have an obligation to act in the best interest of their constituents and must not abuse their position of power. Public officials are not permitted to accept bribes or gifts that could influence the manner in which they carry out their official duties. If a public official engages in wrongful behavior or if an individual or business attempts to unduly influence or coerce a public official, the government can pursue criminal charges for official corruption.

The penalties for bribery or public corruption include incarceration, asset seizure and large fines. Even the mere accusation of official corruption has the potential to cause irreparable damage to a career and reputation. Podhurst Orseck represents officials accused of corruption as well as individuals and businesses accused of bribery, official corruption and related criminal acts.

Official Corruption Charges

Official corruption can be both a federal and a state crime. This criminal act is closely related to extortion or bribery, and official corruption charges can sometimes be brought even if those involved were unaware that a crime had been committed.

Laws related to political contributions, campaigns, campaign financing, conflicts of interest and voting violations are highly technical and complex. Even a small misstep or error can trigger an investigation for official corruption. Moreover, assets may be frozen or seized before an official finding of guilt, shifting the burden to the accused to recover his property and prevent permanent forfeiture.

Podhurst Orseck’s criminal defense lawyers are former federal prosecutors, giving them insight into the prosecution process and an understanding of the complex nature of official corruption charges. Having the perspective of both a prosecutor and a defense attorney is invaluable in responding to investigations, negotiating with prosecutors and fighting a guilty verdict.

Whether you are an individual or a company accused of wrongdoing, or charged with attempting to influence or corrupt a public official, it is imperative to respond proactively in protecting your reputation and freedoms. The Florida white-collar criminal litigation law firm of Podhurst Orseck, P.A can represent you to help protect your constitutional rights.