Saturday, March 16, 2013

Buffalo Area Bribery Defense Lawyer


Most people in the Buffalo area area know bribery when they see it. . To the average person, there is no exact  formula that comes into play when deciding whether or not your conduct constitutes bribery. Maybe it was only a few dollars to get into a club. Maybe it was much more. Did you commit the crime of Bribery? Does it matter if this person was a public servant or a private citizen in the eyes of New York’s criminal law? . Should your actions be criminal in nature or perceived by prosecutors to be such, you will require the assistance of a Buffalo Area criminal lawyer to challenge what allegedly happened.
One of the biggest concerns you will face if arrested, indicted for the crime of Bribery in New York State , is the potential sentence  you may receive. Because each degree of Bribery is a felony, even a first time offender faces a potential term of  state prison. While there is no mandatory minimum for Third or Second Degree Bribery, these crimes are punishable by up to seven and fifteen years respectively.

 It is important to know that there is  one statutorily identified defense to Bribery found in the New York Penal Law. That defense is founder under NYSPL section 200.05. It  states that if you bribe a public servant as a result of that person attempting to or actually committing the crimes of extortion or coercion against you, then there is a defense to your actions. Because this defense is a legal defense, you should consult with a Buffalo Area criminal lawyer to ascertain whether or not it is applicable in your case.

J John Sebastian Attorney
 J. John Sebastian, Attorney
 J. John Sebastian, Attorney

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