Question: What is bribery under the law?

Answer: Bribery in general is giving some type of benefit to another person in order to influence their behavior in some way that’s contrary to their duty. So typically, bribery involves a public official; but other subjects of bribery can include voters, members of a jury, the employees of a bank or a financial institution and even athletes. So punishments for bribery can vary based on the type of misconduct alleged. Most types of bribery would be considered felonies, both for the giver and for the receiver of the bribe. For example, in Wisconsin the bribery of a public official can carry up to six years in prison.

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