Bribery of a Witness (PC 137 & 138) in Anaheim
In the city of Anaheim, and in the wider state of California, a bribe has a wide legal definition. In essence, however, a bribe is any incentive including cash or something of value, that is given to a witness in exchange for the witness corrupting their testimony or failing to attend a trial.Who can be charged with bribery of a witness?
- Under California Penal Code 137 and 138, you can be charged with an offense if you offer a bribe to a person or a witness even if they do not accept the bribe. If you, however, con convince a jury or prosecutor that you did not have a corrupt intent, then you cannot be convicted for this crime
- Under California Penal Code 138(b), if you are a witness and you accept a bribe, then you can be charged with this crime
If you are arrested and charged with an offense under California PC 137or PC 138, it is important that you have a competent attorney who is very conversant with such cases. Some of the defense strategies that the attorney may explore on your behalf to prove your innocence include:
- You were coerced into committing the offense
- You did not deliberately intend to corrupt the witness or you did not know what was offered to you was a bribe in exchange for some illegal action
- You were too intoxicated to form corrupt intent
- Entrapment or you committed the offense because the police lured you into committing the crime.
There are, of course, several other options and defenses that a defense attorney may also explore.
Contact our office today and talk to one of our lawyers if you are charged with bribing a witness. Your call is confidential and will not be used against you as evidence.