Defending Public Corruptions Charges in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Public corruption is a serious crime that carries heavy penalties under Oklahoma law. Public corruption is committed by government employees and law enforcement officials. The most common offenses of public corruption is an act of embezzlement, soliciting bribes, vote trading and violating official conduct by a government employee or law enforcement official. Public corruption undermines democracy by undercutting the very systems put in place to protect the people. Because public corruption is a betrayal of trust, a conviction of this charge can carry a hefty penalty.
Embezzlement and false accounts are both felonies under Oklahoma law. Embezzlement occurs when a government employee or law enforcement officia receives either direct or indirect interests or profits from the use of public funds or other money that is earmarked for municipal purposes. False Accounts occurs when a public officer (government employee or law enforcement official) keeps or destroys a false account used to store government money. Embezzlement and false accounts often go hand-in-hand; both charges are punishable by a maximum fine of $500 and imprisonment in the state penitentiary for one to 20 years. Additionally, someone with an embezzlement or false accounts conviction is disqualified from holding any public office in Oklahoma.
Soliciting Bribes, Vote Trading and Violation of Official Conduct
State senators, representatives and other legislative officials are prohibited by law from offering or receiving bribes in exchange for any type of influence – such as a vote, decision, judgment or opinion – on any legislative matter. A conviction for soliciting bribes or vote trading is punishable by up to 10 years in the state penitentiary and a maximum fine of $5,000. Additionally, being convicted for soliciting bribes or vote trading will result in the forfeiture of your legislative office, and you will be disqualified from holding any public office in Oklahoma. You would also forfeit any retirement benefits you have accrued as a government employee.
Seeking An Attorney For Your Defense
Being charged with public corruption is a serious legal matter that carries both criminal and personal ramifications. One of the qualified criminal defense attorneys at the Edge Law Firm can help you protect your rights and minimize the penalties and stigma associated with public corruption. Call our office today or fill out our online form now for a free analysis of the details of your public corruption case.