Skilled Legal Representation of Officials Facing Charges of Public Corruption in Jacksonville, FL
Crime lawyers helping protect the careers of public officials in Florida
When public officials are alleged to have violated their duty of faith to the community, they often experience public humiliation along with the charges of corruption. Laws prohibit the receipt of money or other items of value in exchange for a favor or services by public officials. This form of crime can be legislative, judicial, regulatory, and contractual or law enforcement-related.
Possibly as a result of a governmental 2010 Study of Public Corruption in Florida that cited the extent and severity of public corruption in Florida, Jacksonville white-collar crime prosecutions have been on the increase.
Common types of public corruption
Typical examples of public corruption include the following:
- Bribery: This is the act of offering items of value in exchange for a favor. Both the person offering the bribe, and the recipient can be convicted of this type of crime. Two common examples of bribery are offering cash to a police officer to avoid a traffic ticket and offering money to a judge in exchange for a not-guilty verdict.
- Extortion: Using threats such as blackmail to obtain money, goods or services is extortion.
- Illegal kickbacks: Similar to a bribe, a kickback is an illegal, secret payment in return for a favor. While a bribe typically benefits the party making the payment, a kickback benefits the recipient of the payment. For example, a public official responsible for determining the winning company in a contract bidding process is taking an illegal kickback when he receives cash from the company that wins the bid.
Early representation can save a career
The news is filled with stories of public officials accused of the white-collar crime of corruption. Unfortunately, many officials experience damage to their careers even when accusations against them are shown to be without merit. Even if you just think you may be under suspicion, it is important to seek support from a white-collar criminal defense attorney who has extensive experience defending public corruption crime charges. In many cases, an experienced lawyer from Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. in Jacksonville can mitigate the suspicions before or after they become public knowledge.
If you face investigation or charges for allegedly committing public corruption, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer to represent you and protect your rights —immediately. At Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A., our public corruption defense lawyers in Jacksonville have extensive experience in federal as well as state criminal cases, along with years of federal prosecutor experience.
Seek the early support you need from an experienced Jacksonville public corruption defense law firm
The skilled attorneys of Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. understand the intricate investigation strategies used by federal agencies to indict and attempt to see convicted those accused of white-collar crime. Contact us online or call our office today at 904-353-5800 to schedule a consultation at no cost or obligation to discuss your concerns regarding charges of public corruption.