Miami Bribery Lawyers

Are you or your organization entangled in federal bribery allegations? Entrust your legal defense to [Law Firm Name]. With a track record of success in complex federal cases, our seasoned attorneys specialize in providing strategic counsel and robust representation for clients facing serious charges. With a steadfast commitment to excellence and a personalized approach to legal representation, we stand ready to defend your rights and interests against bribery charges.

Whether you’re facing accusations in the public sector or challenges in private transactions, our seasoned legal professionals can provide aggressive, effective, and tailored defense strategies. Learn more about how we can assist you in overcoming legal obstacles and securing a favorable outcome in your case.

Understanding Bribery

Bribery is a white-collar offense involving the exchange of value, such as money, goods, services, or favors, intended to influence someone’s actions in their official capacity. These offenses can occur in a person’s official capacity as a government official or in private transactions. Bribery is about direct exchanges and implied promises or offers that sway the recipient’s decisions or actions.

The Legal Landscape of Bribery in Miami

Bribery is usually prosecuted on the federal level under 18 USC 201(b). The statute prohibits the giving or accepting of anything of value to or by a public official if the thing is given with the intent to influence on official act or is received by the official in return for being influenced.

The federal government can prosecute both individuals on either side of the transaction for bribery. Bribery investigations usually involve wiretaps, video recordings, emails, text messages, and cooperating witnesses.

On the state level, bribery is prosecuted under Florida Statute 838.015 and Florida Statute 838.016. While not as common as federal bribery cases, state cases are assigned to the public corruption unit in the State Attorney’s office responsible for enforcing these laws. In Miami, numerous individuals have been charged with bribery under state statutes.


Convictions can lead to significant fines, imprisonment, and lasting damage to one’s reputation and professional standing. Due to their financial nature, bribery and other acts of corruption are categorized as white-collar crimes. Penalties can be devastating and life-altering.

In federal court, a bribery conviction can result in imprisonment of up to 15 years in prison. The federal sentencing guidelines are used to calculate a person’s recommended sentence, and the Court can give enhancements for prior offenses or if other factors are present.

In State Court, a conviction for such crimes counts as a second-degree felony, and potential penalties may include the following:

  • Up to 15 years of prison time
  • Up to $10,000 in fines/ a fine up to three times the bribe value
  • Probation

How Kirlew Law Firm Can Assist with Bribery Cases

Hiring an attorney is crucial to establishing a strong defense and protecting your rights. You have a lot to lose; your freedom, career, and reputation are on the line. A Miami white-collar defense attorney can help if you are facing bribery accusations.

The team at Kirlew Law Firm takes a unique, client-focused approach to defending against bribery charges. Our expertise spans state and federal laws, enabling us to craft defense strategies as nuanced as your case. We understand the critical nature of these allegations and dedicate ourselves to providing a comprehensive and personalized defense. Brian Kirlew, Esq. is a skilled white-collar defense attorney.

Tailored Legal Strategies

We do not believe in the one-size-fits-all approach to legal defense. Instead, we craft personalized strategies that address the unique aspects of each case. Our team, consisting of skilled attorneys, investigators, and experts, collaborates closely to dissect every case detail. This enables us to uncover avenues for a defense that aligns with our client’s objectives and specific circumstances.

Client-Centered Representation

We prioritize our client’s needs and goals above everything else. From the moment you engage our services, you become part of a dedicated team focused on achieving the best possible outcome for your case. Our process involves our clients in every step of the legal strategy development, ensuring your voice is heard and your concerns are addressed. Our commitment to effective and aggressive representation is unwavering, and we strive to protect your rights and interests at every turn.

A Commitment to Excellence

Choosing Brian Kirlew, Esq. and the Kirlew Law Firm means selecting a partner invested in your success. Our proven track record shows our ability to handle complex legal challenges with skill and determination. Our firm can offer the highest legal service if facing bribery allegations or navigating other legal hurdles. We aim to meet and exceed your expectations, safeguarding you and your interests throughout the legal process.

Fight Bribery Charges with Expert Legal Support. Contact Kirlew Law Firm Today.

Facing bribery allegations can be daunting and have profound implications. With Kirlew Law Firm, you have a team ready to defend and guide you through every step of the legal journey. 

If you or someone you know is facing bribery allegations, don’t hesitate to reach out for a consultation. We’re equipped to put our expertise to work for you, ensuring your case is handled with the care, precision, and aggressiveness it deserves.


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Money laundering cleans billions of dollars of illegal income every year. Money laundering is considered a white-collar offense. It is a multifaceted charge and often brings along a host of other serious charges, such as conspiracy, racketeering, healthcare fraud, mortgage fraud, wire fraud, and drug trafficking. This is especially the case when prosecutors exaggerate the allegations on underlying charges.

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Antitrust laws were established to protect trade and commerce from abusive practices. Violations can include price-fixing, price discrimination, restraints, and monopolization.

This form of white-collar crime is increasingly common as more people use computers, phones, and other internet-enabled devices to commit acts of fraud, hacking, extortion, and theft.

Thieves take personal information to access banking and financial accounts, make purchases, open utility accounts, or steal tax refunds. In some cases, an identity thief may even use a false identity during an arrest.

This white-collar crime occurs when a thrift utilizes a stolen credit card or other information from that account to make unauthorized purchases. In some cases, they may use the stolen information to take out cash advances against the account.

The illicit selling of fake goods or services over the phone. Many phone scams are framed as a giveaway, or free offer in exchange for sensitive information, like access to banking or credit card accounts.

Often paired with another form of fraud, bankruptcy fraud can be the concealment of assets to prevent forfeiting them, filing incomplete or false forms, filing multiple times in different locations using fake or forged documents, and bribing of court-appointed trustees.

Largely committed by organized crime groups, this form of fraud includes performing unnecessary procedures to bill an insurance company, billing for services that were never rendered, and billing every step of one procedure as if they were individual procedures.

Environmental law makes actions like the illegal disposal of waste, improper storage of hazardous materials, or failure to comply with EPA and state regulations illegal.

An act committed to defraud an insurance company is considered a white-collar crime. This could include attempting to obtain benefits or advantages that an individual is not entitled to or when an insurer denies benefits that someone is due.

One of the most common forms of fraud, mail fraud is when the USPS or private carrier is used to commit a crime of deceit. This could be to obtain money or to sell and distribute illicit goods.

These forms of fraud start with a scheme to steal or obtain financial information by using false representation or promises of goods and services in return.

Crimes committed through extortion and coercion are considered racketeering. Generally, a racketeer obtains money or goods from someone using intimidation tactics or force.

Largely connected to federal government contracting or federally-funded programs, government fraud might involve public housing, agricultural programs, corporate subsidies, and bribery.

This form of white-collar crime is the deliberate failure to pay your taxes or the underpayment of the taxes you owe. It can be underreporting of income, overreporting of deductions, or improperly claiming tax credits and exemptions.

Also called investment fraud, securities fraud involves misrepresenting the information that investors use to make financial decisions.

This is the trading of the stock or securities of a public company that is based on non-public information about the company. This is the profiteering of information based on a company’s assets.

A bribe is the giving or receiving of something of value in order to influence the actions of another person or group.

The major focus of the FBI, public corruption covers a variety of crimes, including the violation of federal law by public officials, fraud related to the procurement, contracts, and funding of federal programs, and other crimes that are related to local, state, and federal governments.

By withholding assets, funds, or goods from an employer or business partner, you are committing an act of embezzlement.

Generally sponsored by foreign entities or outside corporations, economic espionage can target the U.S. government, U.S. companies, or other establishments and institutions. Economic espionage is the unlawful obtaining of financial information

Trade secrets are the information or assets that give a company an advantage over others in the market. The theft of these assets is when someone uses this information without consent of the business.

In addition to State White Collar crime, we also represent clients charged with Federal White Collar crimes,

which are regulated by Titles 18 and 26 of the United States Code. Some of these federal offenses include:

How are White Collar Crimes Investigated?

In almost every federal white-collar criminal investigation, the federal agents and local police officers involved in the case shadow their suspects for months and even years. They utilize wiretaps, subpoenaed bank records, videotape conversations and meetings, property and assets, business records, and cooperating witnesses. The agents often seek to make pre-indictment deals with codefendants or coworkers who they threaten to charge if they don’t talk.

The feds have unlimited resources and they are extremely patient in their investigations. Many times, an agent will get so committed to an investigation that they bend the rules, alleged they witnessed activity that they didn’t and innocent people get wrapped up in the conspiracy that they knew nothing about. This is why it is critical to contact a Miami white-collar attorney the moment you suspect you are the target of a white-collar criminal investigation. With the help of our investigators and forensic accountants, we can often mitigate the exposure a client may face in a white collar criminal prosecution.


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What is White-Collar Crime?

Generally, white-collar crime is investigated and prosecuted by federal authorities. This means that white-collar crime cases have higher conviction rates than other crimes. Federal prosecutors are able to leverage more resources to pursue a white-collar crime case and are encouraged to close the case quickly.

The punishment for a white-collar crime varies based on what level the crime is being prosecuted at, whether state or federal, and the amount of money involved in the crime. There are no set guidelines that dictate the severity of penalty based on the amount of money stolen; however, generally, larger amounts are punished more severely.

Since the 2002 and 2008 financial crises, there have been more penalties and convictions for white-collar crimes, and as such, penalties have become more severe. On average, a sentence for money laundering is about 48 months in prison. Those convicted of bribery could face 16 months, and those for fraud, 12 months. Tax offenses generally result in 16 months of jail time. And if there are more than five victims, the loss amount is in the millions as opposed to the thousands or the accused qualifies for a host of other enhancements, these penalties can be significantly higher.


When You Should Hire an Attorney When Convicted of a White Collar Crime?

Given the harsh nature of the penalties for white-collar crimes and that federal authorities often lead these investigations, you must hire an attorney in Miami as soon as you’re convicted. In some cases, defendants are only aware of the investigation just a few weeks or months before an arrest is made. It’s important to use any lead time you may have to build a case with an attorney.

While your attorney can’t stop an investigation, they can work with you to defend your rights before, during, and after the trial. If nothing else, you must have a legal representative with you whenever you deal with a federal investigator or while you’re being questioned.

Why You Need a Competent Attorney

When you work with a skilled criminal defense attorney like those at the Kirlew Law Firm, they’ll maintain clear lines of communication with the prosecution throughout your investigation. This could lead to a favorable negotiation before any arrests are made, or the formal prosecution starts.

More than just negotiations, a competent white-collar crime attorney can help draft legal defenses that can help your case. Our attorneys can cross-examine witnesses, manage information about the case, and challenge physical exhibits and financial records that may be used to seal your case. Ultimately, a talented attorney like Brian Kirlew can find small inconsistencies or faults in the prosecution to bolster your defense.


Contact a Miami White Collar Criminal Attorney today!

If you are being investigated for a White Collar crime at the state or federal level (or both), the sooner you get a qualified attorney on your side to protect your rights, the better. Brian Kirlew, Esq. is experienced and skilled at handling these complex and sensitive matters, and is here to represent you in court. Our criminal defense attorneys in Miami are proud to offer you a free phone consultation to ensure that we can best serve you. Contact us immediately to get started.