Colorado Bribery Defense Attorneys

In Col­orado, there are two closely related acts that are for­bid­den as bribery.

A per­son com­mits bribery if he or she offers, gives, or agrees to give any mon­e­tary ben­e­fit to a pub­lic ser­vant with the intent to influ­ence the pub­lic servant’s vote, opin­ion, judg­ment, exer­cise of dis­cre­tion, or other action under the pub­lic servant’s offi­cial capac­ity. Alter­na­tively, a pub­lic ser­vant com­mits bribery if he or she solic­its, accepts, or agrees to accept any mon­e­tary ben­e­fit upon an agree­ment or under­stand­ing that his or her vote, opin­ion, judg­ment, exer­cise of dis­cre­tion, or other action as a pub­lic ser­vant will thereby be influ­enced. The term “pub­lic ser­vant” includes any offi­cer or employee of gov­ern­ment, whether elected or appointed, and any per­son par­tic­i­pat­ing as an advi­sor, con­sul­tant, process server, or oth­er­wise in per­form­ing a gov­ern­men­tal function.

Bribery is a class 3 felony that car­ries a min­i­mum pre­sump­tive sen­tence of four years of impris­on­ment, and a max­i­mum pre­sump­tive sen­tence of twelve years. Under extra­or­di­nary aggra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances, a court may impose a sen­tence of more than twelve years. Con­versely, under extra­or­di­nary mit­i­gat­ing cir­cum­stances, a court may impose a sen­tence of less than four years.