Article - Criminal Law
(a) (1) In
this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
subdivision” includes a:
or multicounty agency;
(iv) county board
(v) public authority;
(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.
1. an executive
officer of the State;
2. a judge of the
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;
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
(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;
(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
(f) (1) A
person who violates this section:
(i) is a competent
(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