We regularly advise people, directors, companies, business owners and officers who are involved in external investigations and prosecutions, related to bribery, brought by Commonwealth and stage agencies.
Bribery Lawyers in NSW
Our Criminal Law Team can assist you with matters related to bribery, we have the experience and expertise necessary to ensure you receive the best possible outcome.
We’ve been defending the people of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Central Coast and the Hunter region since 1969 and have helped our clients to achieve the best possible outcomes in all Criminal Law matters.
We are used to dealing with the Police, and know all the ‘ins and outs’ of the Courts and Justice system.
If you have been charged with bribery, contact our Criminal Law Team today to book a teleconference or appointment. We’ll fight vigorously to protect your freedom and rights.
What is bribery?
A charge of bribery can refer to:
providing a benefit to another person; or
directly causing a benefit to be provided to another person; or
offering to provide a benefit to another person; or
promising to provide a benefit to another person;
when that benefit is not legitimately due to the other person and the benefit is provided with the intention of influencing a decision (or behaviour), retaining business, obtaining business or gaining a significant business advantage.
A bribery offence can still be constituted even if the person being bribed declines or rejects the bribe.
What are the penalties for bribery in NSW?
The maximum penalty for bribery in NSW is 10 years imprisonment and/or fines of up to $1 million depending on the seriousness of the bribe and the advantage gained by making the bribe. In addition, if the bribe was committed by a person working for a company and this person was representing the company and making the bribe on behalf of the company, the company could also be fined up to $11 million or 3 times the monetary value of the benefit, or 10 percent of the company’s turnover for 12 months (this 12 month period is measured before the offence was committed).
It is not a defence that local customs or traditions demand bribes or that bribes were expected.