In the state of Florida, bribery is defined as offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting something of value for the purpose of influencing an official in the discharge of his or her public or legal duties. A bribe can consist of immediate cash or of personal favors, a promise of later payment, or anything else the recipient views as valuable.
Bribery charges may involve public figures or private individuals. Although a written agreement is not necessary to prove the crime of bribery, a prosecutor must typically show corrupt intent. When a public official accepts a bribe, they are creating a conflict of interest.
In Florida, Bribery is a second degree felony and is punishable up to a $5,000 fine and/or up to 5 years in prison. The severity of bribery can reach the federal level, which is punishable by a fine, or imprisonment, or both.
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