2017 Maryland Code
Criminal Law
Title 9 - Crimes Against Public Administration
Subtitle 2 - Bribery
§ 9-201. Bribery of public employee

  • (a) Definitions. --
    • (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) Prohibited -- Bribing public employee. -- 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) Prohibited -- Public employee demanding or receiving bribe. -- 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) Penalty. -- 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 $ 1,000 and not exceeding $ 10,000 or both;
    • (2) may not vote; and
    • (3) may not hold an office of trust or profit in the State.
  • (e) Statute of limitations and in banc review. -- A person who violates this section is subject to ยง 5-106(b) of the Courts Article.
  • (f) Competency and immunity of witness in prosecution. --
    • (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.
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