Foreign Corrupt Practices Act — Tampa Criminal Defense Lawyers
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The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) prohibits individuals or corporations from bribing foreign officials for financial gain. The FCPA has wide-ranging applications, and the federal government routinely prosecutes individuals under the terms of this act. If you or your company is suspected of violating the FCPA or if you have already been charged with violations of this law, it is vital to retain the services of an experienced criminal lawyer.
The Tampa law firm of O’Brien Hatfield Reese, PA, provides comprehensive representation for individuals and corporations facing a wide range of criminal allegations at the federal level.
What Is The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act And What Does It Do?
As stated above, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act bars bribery of foreign officials. Under the FCPA, the terms “bribe” and “foreign official” are defined broadly. A bribe can constitute any item of value. A foreign official can be defined as any government employee or military official.
If you can prove that a payment to a foreign official was in order to facilitate “routine governmental action,” the FCPA does not apply. In addition, if you can prove that the payment was lawful under the written laws of the foreign country, it is a total defense to FCPA allegations. Lastly, if you can prove that a payment is a reasonable expenditure, including for lodging or travel, the FCPA does not apply.
Our law firm will fully investigate the facts of your case and explore all potential defenses against these allegations. We will challenge the government’s evidence and work diligently to achieve a positive outcome. Over our firm’s history, we have secured favorable results for clients facing all types of white collar criminal charges. Talk to our lawyers to see what we can do for you.
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