San Bruno Driver Accused of Bribing Policer Officer During DUI Arrest (CA Vehicle Code 23152(a))

Rabin Nabizadeh
August 14, 2013

38-year-old San Bruno driver (name withheld for privacy) could have only had a DUI on his record, instead, charges of obstructing an officer have been levied against him.  When he was stopped on suspicion of drunk driving, the arresting officer searched him. Upon finding a large wad of cash in his pocket, the officer claims that he attempted to bribe him with it in return for allowing him to leave without being arrested.  The amount he allegedly offered was around $1,100.

Now, he faces felony bribery charges in addition to a misdemeanor DUI count.  In the state of California, bribery charges are taken very seriously.  Any attempt to pay off a police officer, for example, can result in charges pursuant to CA Penal Code 67 (bribery of executive officers).  According to the law, an individual cannot even offer monies or valuable items to such an officer without dire consequences.

The penalty for bribery, if convicted, may include hefty fines and imprisonment.  With very few exceptions, bribery is nearly always considered a felony in California. The driver could have been sentenced to anywhere from 2-4 years in state prison for his misstep during his DUI arrest.  He may have even had to pay restitution to the state in the amount of $2,000, even though this is nearly twice the amount he originally allegedly offered to the arresting policeman.   In the end, however, he was sentenced to 45 days in county jail and 3 years of probation.  What would he be facing now if he hadn’t attempted to bribe an officer of the law?  A misdemeanor DUI charge (CA Vehicle Code 23152(a)) would have been much less expensive and a lot less trouble, only costing him about $1,500 in fines maximum and probably no jail time at all.

 

latest news

January 10, 2023
When You Are Not the Father, But You Are the Suspect

Using genealogical research in solving crimes has become the new go-to for law enforcement agencies worldwide. When a suspect in a decades-old murder case is finally apprehended and brought to trial, the entire community, often the entire world, breathes a sigh of relief. Justice has finally been served. But how just is a criminal prosecution […]

January 10, 2023
Marsy’s Law: Vague Legislation and the Deprivation of Constitutional Rights

As a nation, we tend to react universally to particular catchphrases and soundbites. One term that gets our collective hackles up is the word “victim.” Everyone wants to support and appear sympathetic to the victim; no one wants to seem judgmental of a victim. We have gotten so adept at our collective tiptoeing that we […]

October 5, 2022
9 Steps in a Criminal Defense Case

If you’re in a situation where you are facing criminal charges, the criminal process can be confusing. The justice system has specific steps they follow. Whether federal or state, the prosecuting attorney has the challenge of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. That means obtaining an attorney from a reputable law firm that understands the […]