Palm Beach County, Palm Beach Gardens Jupiter attorney Darren Shull defends clients charged with Public Corruption; Generally referred to under Florida Statutes Chapter 838 entitled “Bribery; Misuse of Public Office.” Florida Statutes
Chapter 838 covers:
838.016 Unlawful compensation or reward for official behavior.
838.021 Corruption by threat against public servant.
838.022 Official misconduct.
838.12 Bribery in athletic contests.
838.15 Commercial bribe receiving.
838.16 Commercial bribery.
838.21 Disclosure or use of confidential criminal justice information.
838.22 Bid tampering.
Except for 838.021 “Corruption by Threat’” all of the other Statutes in this chapter have the common scheme: A person in Authority either misuses their power or has been compensated in some way to act based upon the unlawful compensation. These laws are based upon the premise that if you are a Public Official or a police Officer and you act in a way to cover up your mistakes or take a bribe or become enriched by taking actions to benefit yourself than you could be prosecuted under this chapter.