In the hierarchy of criminal behavior, not all crimes are the same. And when the media decides to cover crime, they generally choose from the top of the list. The evening news rarely shows someone getting a speeding ticket, for instance, but will show a murder because a murder more easily attracts the attention of an audience.
But despite the media’s focus, getting caught breaking any law means penalties, whether criminal, which can involve jail time, to civil, which involves being sued for damages. And no matter the crime, when it comes time for court, an individual needs a solid defense. Some of these lesser known crimes include bribery, tampering and coercion. These crimes can occur in all facets of society, but whether it is from a huge corporation or a small church’s coffers, the penalties in Kentucky can be stiff. If you’re the one standing in front of a judge, you need a law firm with experience to make sure your defense is strong and your rights are protected.
Dan Carman and Attorneys Can Help
If you’ve been accused of, charged with or arrested for bribery, tampering or coercion in Kentucky, Dan Carman can help. Dan Carman Attorneys is a network of criminal defense attorneys located in nearly every county across the state, licensed to practice law in all Courts of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The public may rank some crimes as more serious than others, but our attorneys know the law takes all crimes seriously. Contact us as soon as possible to start setting up your defense.
Bribery in Kentucky
Bribery, essentially, is when money or something else of value — whether it is a physical item, a future action, a favor or other consideration — is exchanged to influence a person or entity to act illegally or unethically, to fix the outcome of an action in favor of the person or entity offering the bribe. It can be something as simple as giving a teacher food in return for a favorable grade or something as serious as paying a judge to fix the results of a court case, or paying a politician to push the passage of a certain bill. Chapter 521 of KRS outlines types of bribery and their penalties. Specific laws are listed, including penalties, regarding:
- Bribery of a Public Servant: Class C Felony
- Soliciting Unlawful Compensation: Class B Misdemeanor
- Unlawful Compensation for Assistance in Public Matters: Class A Misdemeanor
- Providing a pecuniary benefit for bribery of a public servant: Class C Felony
Tampering in Kentucky
Tampering is essentially intentionally altering or interfering in a criminal matter, in order to affect an outcome or change conditions to benefit an individual or entity. Tampering may occur in with juries, witnesses, evidence or other parts of a legal case. Penalties in Kentucky depend on the situation and the actions themselves.
Coercion in Kentucky
Criminal coercion refers to the use of pressure, physical force or threats to persuade an individual, in many cases a witness or official, to perform or avoid a specific act or improperly influence a case or proceeding. It is addressed in KRS 509.080, which states it is illegal and a Class A Misdemeanor to compel or coerce an individual to:
- Commit any crime
- Accuse anyone of a crime
- Expose any secret tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt or ridicule or to impair another’s credit or business repute
- Take or withhold action as an official or cause an official to take or withhold action
If you or a loved one has been accused of bribery, tampering or coercion in Kentucky, Dan Carman and his team can help. They have years of experience representing clients to make sure that they are treated fairly, providing an aggressive defense to achieve the best possible result. With attorneys in nearly every county in the state, we have the ability and the knowledge to give you the best defense possible, no matter where you live. If you have questions or seek a consultation, contact us online or call us at 1-859-838-1415 as soon as possible.