Our Goshen and New City Attorneys Represent Clients Accused of Public Corruption
Providing defenses on the state and federal levels
Officials who were hired, appointed or elected have a duty to serve honestly and ethically in their positions. Public corruption charges occur when a government official is accused of abusing his or her governmental powers and violating the people’s trust for personal gain. An official accused of corruption faces grave consequences — including criminal sanctions, loss of office and public humiliation — even if the accusations are later determined to be untrue. The appearance of corruption may be enough to trigger an investigation. As any elected or appointed official in government service is aware, unbridled politics can also elicit unfounded and malicious assertions that you committed an unethical act.
Burke, Miele, Golden & Naughton, LLP has represented public officials in our local Hudson Valley communities since 1978. We serve New City, Goshen and all of Rockland and Orange counties. Our team urges you to seek counsel as soon as you become a target of an investigation. With early intervention, you may be able to avoid a scandal altogether and preserve your upstanding reputation. We can best protect your rights by having experienced white collar crimes defense attorney and municipal attorney by your side at every stage of the investigation and prosecution.
State and local charges of corruption
Public corruption includes any act using a public office to violate criminal laws. For example, judges, council members, zoning board or planning board members, police officers, building inspectors and other municipal employees can be named in a local corruption case involving:
- Bid rigging
- Voter fraud
- Misuse of public funds
- Breach of the public trust
In addition, a businessperson who conspires with a public official to commit a crime may also be charged under the public corruption statutes.
Federal and international public corruption schemes
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) generally becomes involved under a variety of federal and international government fraud circumstances, such as:
- Election crimes
- Disaster relief fraud
- Misappropriation of Hurricane Sandy funds
- Economic recovery fraud
- International contract corruption
- Arms trading
If you are under suspicion for any of these crimes, it is vital that you get the best lawyers to represent you, such as the lawyers at Burke, Miele, Golden & Naughton, LLP, who are uniquely qualified with both criminal defense and municipal law attorneys to chart out the best legal defense.
Protect your rights in a public corruption allegation
Burke, Miele, Golden & Naughton, LLP aggressively defends public officials and municipal employees against charges of public corruption. Schedule your free initial consultation at our Goshen or New City office by calling us at 845-294-4080 or contacting us online. Our offices are accessible by public transportation and have free parking available. In cases of your arrest and need for immediate representation after office hours, our answering message provides a cell phone number that can be used to access one of our partners 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.