Extortion, Bribery, and Public Corruption

Aggressive defense for bribery nationwide

The attorneys at Brown & Doherty counsel and advocate for our clients’ freedom, rights, and reputation when facing charges of extortion, bribery, or public corruption.  We are familiar with the laws and regulations that govern extortion, bribery, and public corruption cases.

What is extortion?

Extortion is a criminal offense marked by the use of threats, coercion, or intimidation to obtain money, goods, or services.  In fact, extortion is characterized by the willingness of the victim to relinquish money, goods, or services because of the threat of possible violence, force, or harm, but not the imminent danger of that harm.

Types of extortion include

  • Bribery
  • Blackmail
  • Ransom

What is bribery?

Bribery is the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of anything of value in exchange for a favor of someone who works in government, politics, business, sports, or public service.  It is a form of extortion.  A bribe can consist of immediate cash, or personal favors, or anything the recipient may view as valuable.  Bribery charges can be brought against both parties involved, even if the exchange never actually takes place.

Congress adopted the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in 1977 to outlaw payments that are intended to win contracts from foreign officials.  Companies engaging in international bribery will be investigated within the United States.

What is public corruption?

Charges of public corruption can destroy a person’s career and public image.  Public corruption involves a breach of trust with the public or abuse of one’s position by federal, state, or local officials or those working in business or other professions.  We vigorously defend the charges against you while helping you to maintain a positive public image.

If a public official accepts a bribe, he or she creates a conflict of interest and compromises the responsibilities of her or his position.

We advise and represent clients who are accused of the following types of public corruption:

  • Bribery
  • Extortion
  • Embezzlement of public monies
  • Campaign law violation
  • Defrauding the government
  • Money laundering
  • Bid rigging
  • Graft