Public officials in New Jersey who are implicated in public corruption offenses can face serious prison time if convicted.
Under Acceptance or Receipt of Unlawful Benefit by Public Servant for Official Behavior (N.J.S.A. 2C:27-10), it is a crime for a public servant, under color of office and in connection with any official act, to directly solicit, accept, or agree to accept any benefit, or to receive any benefit, in exchange for influence over their performance of their official duties.
This is a serious allegation that’s charged as a crime of the second degree. You’ll face between five and 10 years in prison if you’re found guilty, and will pay a fine of up to $150,000.
Your public service career will also be over, and many professions will impose sanctions on you for conduct such as this. You have to take every step possible to protect yourself when facing charges this serious.
If you’re a New Jersey public official facing allegations of misconduct, or being investigated for acts of public corruption, call Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9661 for a free consultation.