Differences Between Gifts & Bribes
Birthdays, holidays, promotions, and anniversaries all have something in common: gifts are a normal part of the festivities. Few things are better than receiving or giving the perfect gift, but knowing when a gift becomes a bribe is essential knowledge.
Bribes Come with Strings Attached
The first significant difference between a gift and a bribe is that a gift comes with no strings attached. When someone gives someone else a gift, it’s given freely and with no expectations for getting something in return.
If a gift is given with the intent of getting something in return, it’s no longer a gift but a trade at best and a bribe at worst. Bribes, unlike gifts, come with strings attached.
Bribes Are Illegal
There is nothing wrong with getting a gift for someone you care about. In fact, there’s nothing wrong with giving a business associate a gift to show them that you care. However, that gift turns into a problem when its goal is to influence someone’s decision.
Georgia law defines bribery as giving someone a benefit, reward, or consideration that they are not entitled to influence his or her performance of any act related to functions of his or her office or employment.
Therefore, if someone offers a “gift” to influence someone’s decision, it’s no longer a gift but a bribe.
Have You Been Accused of Bribery
Offering someone a bribe, even if they don’t take it, could result in criminal penalties. Additionally, accepting a bribe from someone could result in criminal penalties. If you or a loved one is in trouble for accepting or offering a bribe, Nick Lotito & Associates can defend your case. Our-award winning criminal defense has helped thousands of clients over the years, and we’re ready to help you.
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