In Colorado, offering money or other benefits to a juror to influence their decision is bribery. Bribing a juror is a class 4 felony. The penalties for bribery of a juror includes up to 6 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000. In this article, our Colorado criminal defense lawyers will address:
- 1. What is bribery?
- 2. What is bribing a juror?
- 3. What are examples of juror bribery in Colorado?
- 4. What are the penalties for bribing a juror?
- 5. Related Offenses
Bribery is offering money, favors, goods, or any other benefit for the purpose of influencing a person's actions or decisions. Bribery benefits include any gain or advantage and includes gains or advantages to a third party. Bribery generally involves money, but may also include property, beneficial treatment, or sexual services.
A person commits bribing a juror in Colorado if he or she offers, confers, or agrees to confer any benefit to influence the juror's vote, opinion, decision, or other action as a juror.1
A “juror” means any person who is a member of a jury or grand jury serving on a jury panel by any court in Colorado. It also includes any person who has been selected or summoned to attend as a prospective juror. This includes jurors in criminal and civil court trials.2
There may be a number of reasons why someone would attempt to bribe a juror. A defendant may be facing serious criminal charges, with a conviction resulting in jail time, sex offender status, loss of rights for a felony conviction, or other penalties. In some cases, the defendant's family may try and influence a juror with money or other favors.
Bribery of a juror is a class 4 felony in Colorado.3 The minimum penalty for a class 4 felony conviction for bribing a juror is 2 years in prison and a fine of $2,000. The maximum penalty for juror bribery is 6 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000. In addition, there is a mandatory parole period of 3 years.
A felony conviction for bribery can disqualify you from jury duty and prohibit you from holding a public office in the future. Bribery is generally considered a “crime of moral turpitude,” which is a crime against the public good. Juror bribery and other crimes of moral turpitude may be deportable offenses for individuals with who are not U.S. citizens.
Bribery is offering money or anything of value to a public servant with the intent to influence the public servant's vote, judgment, or other action. Bribery is generally charged as a class 3 felony in Colorado, with penalties including up to 12 years in prison and a fine of up to $750,000.
Tampering with a witness involves attempts to get a witness to withhold testimony, testify falsely, or be absent from an official proceeding. Tampering with a witness is a class 4 felony, with penalties including 2 to 6 years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines.
Intimidating a witness involves harassment or using threats of harm or injury a witness or victim of a crime to influence the witness or victim. Intimidating a witness is a class 4 felony, with penalties including 2 to 6 years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines.
In Colorado, offering money or other benefit to a witness or victim of a crime to influence their decisions is bribing a witness. Bribing a witness is a felony. The penalties for bribery of a witness or victim includes up to 6 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.
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If you have been accused of bribing or attempting to bribe a juror, please contact us at Colorado Legal Defense Group. Our caring Colorado defense attorneys have many years of experience representing clients who have been charged with criminal bribery offenses. We are among the best Colorado criminal defense attorneys to call. Contact us today for a free consultation by phone or in-person or in our Denver law office.
- C.R.S. 18-8-606(1)
- C.R.S. 18-8-601(1)
- C.R.S. 18-8-606(2)