After You Accept a Bribe

by ryan on February 11, 2017




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After You Accept a Bribe

 

When a party is tried for accepting bribes, there are a few things to remember about how the law is treated. The laws of bribery apply equally to the givers and receivers of the bribe in most instances. They apply whether or not the person holding office of another public position are actually swayed by the transaction, they include everyone in public office or associated with any form of government, and they are always treated as a felony-with one exception.

Again, the campaign contribution laws somewhat translate into a form of bribery, but laws have been put in place to limit the amount that can be given and for every person involved to identify themselves. Oddly enough, those who violate campaign contribution laws are generally only charged with a misdemeanor.

When it comes to punishing those accepting bribes, there is no uniform penalty. It all depends on the situation as well as the jurisdiction in which the case is being settled.

Even in modern times, individuals have been unhappy with some of the punishments given for bribery cases since many of these suggest corruption within a government body. These laws are put in place to protect the fundamental idea that government should be pure and have the best interest of those that they are governing in mind. Whether it’s a form of corruption or an unfair representation of the people, corruption at a public or governing level is a problem that the world still faces today.

By hiring more prosecutors, widening the jurisdiction, and taking more steps in detecting the crime, courts have cracked down in recent years, but more steps will be necessary to deter people from accepting a bribe.

Accepting bribes is one of the most harshly punished ‘white collar’ crimes because of its subversion of fair and just government and public bodies. One of the most widely detected and prosecuted forms of government corruption,




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