Houston Bribery Lawyer

Texas Penal Code Section 36.02 makes it unlawful if a person “intentionally or knowingly offers, confers, or agrees to confer on another, or solicits, accepts, or agrees to accept from another” any benefit as consideration for the recipient’s decision, vote, recommendation, opinion or other exercise of discretion. Bribery is generally prosecuted when it involves a:

  • Public servant
  • Party official
  • Voter
  • Judge
  • Administrative officer

Penalties for Bribery in the State of Texas

In Texas, bribery is considered a 2nd-degree felony. According to Penal Code Section 12.33, a conviction for a felony of the second degree is punishable by “imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for any term of not more than 20 years or less than two years” and a fine of up to $10,000.

Related- Charges to Bribery

Coercion of Public Servant or Voter – if a person influences or attempts to influence a public servant or voter, they may be charged with a Class A misdemeanor and punished by up to a year in jail and a fine not to exceed $4,000. If the coercion is a threat to commit a felony, a person may be charged with a 3rd-degree felony and punished by up to ten years in jail and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Tampering with Witness

A person may be charged with a felony if they attempt to influence or coerce a witness:

  • “To testify falsely
  • To withhold any testimony information, document, or thing;
  • To elude legal process summing him to testify or supply evidence;
  • To absent himself from an official proceeding to which he has been legally summoned; or
  • To abstain from, discontinue, or delay the prosecution of another”

Offering Gift to Public Servant

A person may be charged with a Class A misdemeanor if he “offers, confers or agrees to confer any benefit on a public servant that he knows the public servant is prohibited by law from accepting.”

Fighting Bribery Charges in Houston Texas

Houston Bribery Attorney James Alston understands that most people are not hardened criminals. He vigorously defends the rights of his clients. If you are charged with bribery in Houston, TX, you need a knowledgeable lawyer that will fight hard to get your case reduced or dismissed. Attorney Alston is a former Harris County District Attorney and former federal prosecutor who knows how to win cases. He is a seasoned litigator who will not hesitate to take your case to trial. Contact James Alston Law today at (713) 228-1400 for a consultation.