BRIBERY § 13-2602 or 2605

In Arizona, there are two types of bribery. One type involves public servants and party officials and the other involves the private business sector.

The Arizona Criminal Code classifies bribery as Bribery of a Public Servant or Party Official when one offers, confers or agrees to confer any benefit upon a public servant or party official with the intent to influence that public servant’s or party official’s vote, opinion, exercise of discretion or judgment. The public servant or party official can also be charged with bribery if he/she solicits, accepts or agrees to accept any benefit in the above situation. Bribery of a pubic servant or party official is a Class 4 Felony.

In the private sector, one commits Commercial Bribery if a person confers a benefit on another person’s employee with the intent that such benefit will influence the conduct of the employee in relation to the employer’s commercial affairs and the conduct of the employee causes economic loss to the employer. If this occurs and the employee accepts the benefit, the employee may also be charged with Commercial Bribery. Commercial bribery ranges from a Class 5 Felony to a Class 1 Misdemeanor, depending on the value of the benefit conferred.

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