Public corruption charges can do more than put an embarrassing mark on years of otherwise faithful public service. If convicted of felony charges associated with public corruption, you could be facing prison time, fines and other penalties. It’s important to note that a variety of crimes can fall under the umbrella of public corruption. No two cases are the same, although many public corruption cases do involve what we would typically consider white-collar crimes. These types of crimes aren’t usually violent in nature and have more to do with financial gains than violence and physical injuries.
Public Corruption in The State of Mississippi
The State of Mississippi takes public corruption cases and any criminal charges associated with the violation by official of public trust very seriously. In decades past, Mississippi had a reputation of leniency in public corruption cases. As a result, prosecutors are now, more than ever, set on throwing the book at offenders. In any case involving charges related to public corruption, clearing your name needs to be your attorney’s top priority. Whether you’re facing bribery charges or fraud and embezzlement charges, the sooner you get in touch with an experienced criminal defense attorney about your case, the better chances you have at a favorable outcome.
White-collar crimes in Mississippi can involve a variety of different situations, charges and potential penalties. From misdemeanor charges up to felony charges, if convicted of white-collar crimes in Mississippi you can face time behind bars and extensive fines. Many of these crimes involve charges like fraud, conspiracy, extortion, bribery tax-related charges, embezzlement and RICO violations. Listed below are some white-collar crimes commonly associated with public corruption cases.
Crimes Associated With Public Corruption
- RICO Violations
- Alteration of records
- Election crimes
- Cyber crimes
- Failure to perform duties
- Money laundering
- Tax collection charges
Offenses Involving Public Officials
There are a variety of laws in Mississippi regarding offences made by or involving public officials. Many of these laws can be found in Miss. Code Ann., Sections 97-11-1 through 97-11-53. Laws related to public officials like bribery and other white-collar type crimes and Offenses Affecting Justice can also be found under Miss. Code Ann., Sections 97-9-1 through 97-9-79. If you’re facing any criminal charges related to public corruption, fraud or white-collar crime involving your public position, you need to contact a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible about your case. In addition to facing prison time and expensive fines, your career and future as a public official could be over if convicted.
Bribery is a charge many of us most closely identify with public corruption chases. This type of offense involves the promise or gift of property to a candidate, officer, agent or trustee to influence action. Bribing a public official or accepting a bribe as a public official is a crime in Mississippi. If convicted, you could be facing up to 10 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines. Additionally, you will be forever disqualified from holding positions of public office, trust or appointment. Paying your debt to society means being forever banned from your livelihood as a public official. If you’re facing bribery or any other charge related to public corruption in Mississippi, you need to get in touch with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your defense.
A career in public service and a dedication to the greater public good is a noble choice, but it can be fraught with potential loyalty issues, grievances, difficulties and other problems. Since even a charge involving public corruption can be incredibly damaging to one’s reputation and career, it’s important to speak with a criminal defense attorney about your case as soon as possible if you’re under investigation or facing public corruption charges of any kind. Don’t fall into the thinking trap that only a guilty person would contact a lawyer or that you should give up your right against self incrimination in an effort to look innocent. The most important thing you can do for your career and your reputation is to immediately contact an attorney and decline to answer any questions until he or she is present.
If you or somebody you love is facing any kind of charge related to public corruption in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled Criminal Defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.
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