Bribery in Official and Political Matters (N.J.S.A. 2C:27-2) in New Jersey is a charge that can be applied to both parties in a bribe or bribery attempt. Offering or accepting any sort of benefit as a consideration for public duties can and is prosecuted in the state, and it isn’t only elected officials who can be penalized. Any public servant, judge, or other official is covered under the law.
Bribery in Official and Political Matters is a crime of the second degree, and conviction will result in a sentence of between five and 10 years. Your career, obviously, will be over as well. It’s best to get legal help as early in the process as possible, so if you know or suspect that you’re under investigation for making or receiving bribes, reach out then. If you wait until charges are filed, the allegations alone can have a profoundly negative impact on you.
Fight back when you’re facing allegations of improper conduct in public life. Call Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9661 for a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney.