California Corruption Statutes

The basic anti-corruption statutes in California are listed below:

ANTI-BRIBERY STATUTES

Penal Code § 67 & § 67.5  together make it a felony to give or offer a bribe to any executive or ministerial officer, employee or appointee in the state.

Penal Code § 68, the corollary to § 67 and §67.5, makes it a crime for any executive or ministerial officer, employee or appointee of the state to ask for or receive a bribe, in exchange  for influencing any action in his or her official capacity.

Penal Code § 85 outlaws giving or offering a bribe to any member of any state or local legislature.

Penal Code § 86, the flip side to §85, makes it a crime for any member of the state or a local legislature to ask for or receive a bribe, upon any understanding that his or her vote or other action shall be influenced thereby.

Penal Code § 92 outlaws bribing judges, jurors or others authorized to hear or determine questions or controversies.

Penal Code § 93, the corollary statute, makes it a felony for judges, jurors and other judicial officers to ask for or receive bribes, upon any understanding that his or her vote, opinion or decision be influenced thereby.

Penal Code § 94 makes it a misdemeanor for judicial officers to receive payments or gratuities for doing an official act.  Section 94.5 extends this prohibition to payments for performing marriages.

Penal Code § 424 makes it a felony for any state officer to embezzle or misappropriate public funds, or to falsify related records.

 

 

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