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Watch What You Say to a Police Officer—Ohio’s Bribery Statute is in Play During a DUI Investigation

Under Ohio law, it is a 3rd degree felony to try and influence a public official in the discharge of his or her duties.  This includes police officers in DUI cases.  This is known as Bribery and is punishable with a minimum prison term of 1 year.

A Dayton area man was recently convicted of bribery in Dayton after a he told the police officers to keep the $600 cash found in his pocket if they would let him go.  A Montgomery County jury convicted him for making this statement several times to police officers who arrested him.  His defense that he wasn't serious about it didn't fly. 

Many of our clients have never been in trouble before and engage in a lot of nervous chatter with police officers during the investigation or booking process after an arrest.  Sometimes, these folks with no criminal history slide across the line and unwittingly trigger the bribery statute (R.C. 2921.02) by making statements offering something of value in exchange for letting them go. 

I've heard clients offer Blue Jacket tickets, Memorial tickets, a round of golf at Scioto C.C., and sex acts in exchange for letting our client go.  Most experienced officers should exercise a level of restraint when listening to these statements and balance the seriousness of the statement against the seriousness of the crime.  A DUI is a misdemeanor.  Bribery is a 3rd degree felony.  Most police officers will chalk these statements up as foolish statements made by naïve and intoxicated people. 

We encourage clients to watch what they say during the investigation and booking process.  Bribery can be a vindictive charge filed by a police officer when the client never truly contemplated the seriousness of what they were saying. 

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