Public corruption charges are being filed against officials at all levels of the government. The Department of Justice and the FBI have declared it their top criminal investigative priority. These cases often involve an intense media spotlight and require a skilled attorney with a national media presence. Our attorneys have experience utilizing the local, national and international media to the advantage of his clients.

What is Public Corruption?

Public corruption can involve bribery, embezzlement, racketeering, kickbacks, and extortion. It takes place in the federal government, state legislatures, and local city halls. It can also include groups like law enforcement agencies, school boards, and government contractors. Current federal enforcement efforts have been focused on corruption along the national borders, officials who take advantage of natural disasters, and misappropriation of economic stimulus funding.

Public Corruption Investigations

The FBI is the agency leading the charge in these investigations, with over 600 FBI special agents who focus solely on public corruption matters. They use tips, informants, electronic surveillance, and undercover operations to gather evidence. In a recent five year period the Department of Justice charged 6,899 individuals with various public corruption charges, and 5,876 were convicted. With conviction rates that high, it is imperative your rights are aggressively defended at every stage of the process.

Penalties

Penalties for public corruption depend on the nature of the alleged acts, and whether facing state or federal charges. Among the possible federal charges are specific statutes relating to kickbacks and racketeering, as well as mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax fraud. Massachusetts has various laws which can result in prison terms between 2 and 5 years, in addition to substantial fines.

Contact our Public Corruption Lawyers

Regardless of what charges you may be facing, there is likely to be intense media scrutiny. Without an attorney experienced in high profile cases it is possible to lose the fight for public opinion before any trial begins. Our attorneys zealously defend the rights of their clients, and has a proven record of success on both the state and federal level. Contact our attorneys today to speak with an experienced public corruption attorney in Boston.

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