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The maximum penalty for the crime of corrupt commissions or rewards is seven years imprisonment.
Where the value of the benefit exceeds $5000, this matter is a Table 1 offence which means that either the DPP or an accused can elect to have the matter dealt with in the District Court. If no election is made it will be dealt with in the Local Court.
Where the value of the benefit does not exceed $5000, this matter is a Table 2 offence which means that the DPP can elect to have the matter dealt with in the District Court. If no election is made it will be dealt with in the Local Court.
If you think you may have breached a law or regulation in your role as an employee or company director, you need to seek urgent advice. By getting advice sooner rather than later, damage can often be minimised and risks contained.
Make sure your interests are fully protected. Talk to one of our team of specialist corporate crime lawyers today.
In order for the police to prove their case atcourt, they must prove each of the following matters beyond a reasonable doubt:
It will be necessary for the police to prove that the accused was the person who committed the offence. Click here to learn more about identification evidence.
If any agent corruptly receives or solicits (or corruptly agrees to receive or solicit) from another person for the agent or for anyone else any benefit:
For the purposes of subsection where a benefit is received or solicited by anyone with the consent or at the request of an agent, the agent shall be deemed to have received or solicited the benefit.
If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in corporate crime and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.