Secs 92 and 93 of the California Penal Code falls within the general criminal act called bribery. Specifically, this crime is committed when a judge or juror makes an official decision in a case for money or something else of value.

Sec 92 specifically covers bribery of individuals charged with deciding court cases. This felony offense is committed when any person gives or offers to give a judicial officer something of value with a corrupt intent to influence the officer’s decision on an official matter. This law covers within its ambit judges, jurors, referees, arbitrators and umpires.

Sec 93 specifically covers bribery by individuals charged with deciding court cases. This felony offense is committed when a judicial officer asks, receives or agrees to receive something of value with a corrupt intent to influence the officer’s decision in an official matter. This law covers within its ambit judges, jurors, referees, arbitrators and umpires.

There are many defenses to this offense. This includes lack of corrupt intent, entrapment, coercion and intoxication. As for the imposable penalties, conviction for this crime can apply imprisonment and payment of a fine. Since this a felony offense, the individual can be incarcerated in state prison between two and four years. As for the fine, when the bribe was not received, the fine is between $2,000 and $10,000. When the bribe was not received, the fine payable is the amount of the bribe received or $2,000, whichever is higher or any amount not more than twice the bribe amount received or $10,000, whichever is higher.

The crime of bribery of judges, judicial officer or jurors is a serious offense in California. Should you be or know anyone facing any of these charges, do reach out to the lawyers at the Law Offices of Ramiro J. Lluis for a free consultation today