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Sheriff Deputy at Santa Ana Jail Charged with Accepting Bribes

By Law Office of Bruce C. Bridgman  Feb. 21, 2013 4:30p

An investigation was initiated in January of 2012 after contraband items were discovered in the cell of an inmate at the Men's Main Jail in Santa Ana. A mobile phone, marijuana and tobacco were found which reportedly belonged to a man in custody for murder charges and gang ties. The investigators allege that a legal runner with an affiliation to the same gang had been bringing in the items and giving them to the prisoner during meetings at the jail. The legal runner, a 31-year-old woman from Norwalk, was arrested and charged with several drug and gang offenses. The investigation continued from there and apparently pointed to involvement by the sheriff's deputy that was on duty during the meets at the jail between the legal runner and the inmate from late 2010 through early 2012. Investigators state that evidence obtained from video at the jail, surveillance, phone and financial records revealed that 38-year-old deputy, D.C., had solicited and received bribes while allowing contraband to be brought into the jail and given to inmates. He was recently taken into custody and charged with two counts of "Officer Asking and Receiving a Bribe". Information was not released stating how many bribes he supposedly received or the total amount. Get the help of a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer if you are being investigated for a crime or have been arrested. You have rights!

Fighting the Charges against You

Bribery charges against a public official such as a member of law enforcement can have very harsh penalties. Asking for and/or accepting a bribe is generally a felony offense punishable by up to four year in prison, $10,000 in fines, forfeiture of office and being disqualified from holding a public office or public official job at any time in the future. Fighting these or any criminal charges must involve a careful review of the supposed evidence and a thorough investigation of the matter to discover any entrapment, coercion or lack of valid evidence and violations in the arresting process.

A Criminal Defense Attorney May Be Able to Help with Your Case

Criminal charges can affect you and your family not only in the immediate moment but for many years to come. That is why it is absolutely crucial that you begin working with a defender right away. You should be fairly treated no matter how harsh the crimes you are accused of. Contact an attorney at the Law Office of Bruce C. Bridgman immediately if you have been accused of committing a criminal offense!

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