What’s the Value of a Thing Bribed For?

The ABA recently noted a decision by the Seventh Circuit, ruling that since bribes paid to a Chicago zoning inspector didn’t reach a $5,000 threshold, he couldn’t be punished for taking them. The federal bribery statute bars agents of federally funded entities from taking anything of value for influence “in connection with any business, transaction,…

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Misdemeanor Laws

Gary E. Patterson, P.C. defends people accused of all criminal misdemeanors. A misdemeanor is a criminal offense punishable by time in the county jail and are handled in county courts. You do not lose any civil rights for a misdemeanor conviction. Misdemeanors include simple assault, theft and DWI, first or second offense. There are 3 classes…

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