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PC 85 Bribe | Fresno Criminal Defense Attorney

PC 85: Bribing Legislators is a serious offense that can result in a lengthy prison sentence.  If you have been charged with Bribing a Legislator, you should contact a Criminal Defense Attorney to help you effectively defend yourself against the allegations.  Fresno Criminal Defense Lawyer Jonathan Rooker can help.  Jonathan offers a free initial visit to review your case.

PC 85 Bribing Legislators Every person who gives or offers to give a bribe to any Member of the Legislature, any member of the legislative body of a city, county, city and county, school district, or other special district, or to another person for the member, or attempts by menace, deceit, suppression of truth, or any corrupt means, to influence a member in giving or withholding his or her vote, or in not attending the house or any committee of which he or she is a member, is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years.

What are the elements of a violation of PC 85 Bribing Legislators?

1. Defendant gave or offered a bribe to a member of the legislature, any member of the legislative body of a city, county, city and county, school district, or other special district, or to another person for such member.

2. Defendant used menace, deceit, suppression of truth, or any corrupt means.

3. Defendant intended to influence such legislator in respect to any act, decision ,vote, opinion, or other proceeding of such officer.

Can I go to prison if I am convicted of a violation of PC 85 Bribing a Legislator?

Yes.  The standard sentencing is 2,3, or 4 years in state prison.  However, enhancements can increase that punishment.  Strike priors, Violent or serious crimes, prison priors

Is a violation of PC 85 a moral turpitude crime?

Yes, a violation of PC 85 is a moral turpitude crime, which could subject you to harsh treatment on future licensing issues, jobs, or other matters.

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