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Many individuals do not realize how often people try to bribe witnesses and seriousness of this offense if one attempts to do so. Regardless of what state you are residing in, any form of bribery to witnesses participating in an upcoming legal matter is taken quite seriously. Within the state of California, bribing a witness is a very serious offense that can get you into a great deal of trouble if you are found out. Furthermore, if you are a witness that is being bribed and you accept that bribe, you also have a great deal of risk of being culpable as well. In order to understand what the risks are and what your potential rights are on either side of the transaction, it is important to seek out legal counsel in order to protect your interests in the long term. Additionally, it is wise to understand what constitutes bribery so that you can avoid the situation all together in the state of California.
According to the state of California’s definition, bribery of a witness exists under the Penal Code in §137. What constitutes bribery under this statute is when an individual gives a witness a bribe that is related to their testimony that is relevant to a crime in the middle of legal proceedings. Bribery under this statute also involves giving a witness a bribe to a witness that is related to the witness giving crucial information relevant to the crime to a law enforcement official.
In order to be liable for bribing a witness, the witness has to meet the definition as outlined in the statute under section §138(b). The individual qualifies as a witness if they were a witness previously or are about to be called as a witness, they have received or offered to receive a given bribe, and at the time they received or offered to be bribed, they indicated that the given bribe would sway their decision in connection with the trial.
Given that the rationale behind this statute is quite complicated, it is important to retain legal counsel if you have been accused of bribing a witness or have been the witness who has been bribed. This way, if there is any technicality in your case, there may be a chance for relief. By hiring our firm, you will be able to know that you are working with a firm that has a great deal of experience in this field. Our firm will be able to get you the results that you need regardless of which side of the prospective bribery transaction that you are on. Thus, do not hesitate to contact us today in order to schedule a consultation. The consultation will help our associates to determine whether your particular case is an effective fit for our client list at this time. Once a decision is made, you will be able to sign a retainer agreement to utilize our services in your upcoming legal matter. That way, we will be able to get you the most effective results possible that are in relation to your specific factual circumstances.