About Statutes

This page accesses the Code of Maryland (Statutes) and the Maryland Municipal Charters and Resolutions as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.

The Code is arranged by and organized into “Articles” (e.g. Transportation Article), which are further subdivided into “titles”, “subtitles”, “sections”, “subsections”, “paragraphs”, subparagraphs”, etc.

Note that the “official” compilation of the laws (Chapters) enacted at each session of the General Assembly is published by the State as the “Laws of Maryland”, commonly referred to as the “Session Laws”. The Session Laws for each session are compiled chronologically by chapter number and serve as the source law from which the statutes accessed here are derived.

While the “Laws of Maryland” (Session Laws) constitute the official laws of the State, this Code and the annotated versions noted below are accepted as “evidence” of the law in all State courts and by all public offices and officials (See § 10-201 of the Courts & Judicial Proceedings Article). However, in the event of a conflict between the Code and the Session Laws, the Session Laws prevail.

Note: Annotated versions of the Code, published by LexisNexis and West, are available in book and online formats. These Annotated Codes include references to case law, related citations, and explanatory notations.

The Municipal Charters are updated each year by incorporating all charter resolutions received by the Department through May 31 of that year. Individual Municipal Resolutions are published to the General Assembly website as they are received by the Department.

Statute Text

Article - Criminal Law
(a)    (1)   In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
(2)   “Political subdivision” includes a:
(i)   county;
(ii)   municipal corporation;
(iii)   bi-county or multicounty agency;
(iv)   county board of education;
(v)   public authority; or
(vi)   special taxing district that is not a homeowner’s association.
(3)    (i)   “Public employee” means an officer or employee of:
1.   the State; or
2.   a political subdivision of the State.
(ii)   “Public employee” includes:
1.   an executive officer of the State;
2.   a judge of the State;
3.   a judicial officer of the State;
4.   a member or officer of the General Assembly;
5.   a member of the police force of Baltimore City or the Department of State Police; and
6.   a member, officer, or executive officer of a political subdivision.
(b)   A person may not bribe or attempt to bribe a public employee to influence the public employee in the performance of an official duty of the public employee.
(c)   A public employee may not demand or receive a bribe, fee, reward, or testimonial to:
(1)   influence the performance of the official duties of the public employee; or
(2)   neglect or fail to perform the official duties of the public employee.
(d)   A person who violates this section is guilty of the misdemeanor of bribery and on conviction:
(1)   is subject to imprisonment for not less than 2 years and not exceeding 12 years or a fine not less than $100 and not exceeding $5,000 or both;
(2)   may not vote; and
(3)   may not hold an office of trust or profit in the State.
(e)   A person who violates this section is subject to § 5-106(b) of the Courts Article.
(f)    (1)   A person who violates this section:
(i)   is a competent witness; and
(ii)   subject to paragraph (2) of this subsection, may be compelled to testify against any person who may have violated this section.
(2)   A person compelled to testify for the State under paragraph (1) of this subsection is immune from prosecution for a crime about which the person was compelled to testify.