Defense Lawyer Helps With Offer Of Unlawful Benefit To Public Servant For Official Behavior (N.J.S.A. 2C:27-11) Charges
Attempting to influence a public official by offering them benefits in exchange for some official act is a second degree crime in New Jersey.
Merely offering a public official a benefit to which they are not entitled under the law is a crime of the third degree, as defined in N.J.S.A. 2C:27-11, Offer of Unlawful Benefit to Public Servant for Official Behavior.
Conviction of either type of violation will result in jail time, with a sentence of 3-5 years for a third degree crime and 5-10 years for a second degree crime.
In circumstances where the benefit in question has a value of less than $200, the charge will be graded one level lower than it normally would, meaning that you may be charged with a crime of the fourth degree and face as little as 18 months.
There are defenses against allegations that you improperly tried to influence a public official. Attorney Matthew Reisig can help.
If you or a family member are facing charges involving Offer of Unlawful Benefit to Public Servant for Official Behavior, call 732-625-9661 today and speak to an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney for free.