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.