Money in envelope for a bribe
Generally speaking, a bribe is "anything of value or advantage, present or prospective, or any promise or undertaking to give any, asked, given, or accepted, with a corrupt intent to influence, unlawfully, the person to whom it is given, in his or her action, vote, or opinion, in any public or official capacity." Cal. Pen. Code s. 7
It is important to note that Bribery is not a one way streetit is not just the person who offers money who is guilty of bribery. If the recipient agrees to take the money or actually does take the money, he is also guilty of Bribery. Additionally, an official who solicits a bribe by suggesting to someone that if the person gave the official $10,000, for example, the official would look the other way for a violation is himself guilty of soliciting a bribe. See, for example, Cal. Pen. Code s. 93 and Cal. Pen. Code s. 68 , among others.
Of course, there are statutes that deal with specific instances of bribery. For instance: