Criminal Law

Criminal Law Questions? Ask a Criminal Lawyer.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Criminal Law
This answer was rated:

I was questioned today by an investigator from the OIG for

introducing contraband into the prison...
I was questioned today by an investigator from the OIG for introducing contraband into the prison and accepting a bribe for the contraband. I admitted to it and resigned from my job. Am I going to jail?
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Criminal Law Question
Answered in 1 minute by:
5/20/2013
Alex J. Esq.
Alex J. Esq., Attorney at Law
Category: Criminal Law
Satisfied Customers: 16,742
Experience: Experienced Licensed Attorney / Criminal Law Mentor
Verified

Alex Esquire : Hello. My name is XXXXX XXXXX I will be glad to help you.
Alex Esquire : Are you online with me?
Customer: Yes
Alex Esquire : Welcome to JustAnswer.com
Alex Esquire : I am sorry to hear about your difficult situation.
Alex Esquire : What was your position prior to your resignation?
Customer: So am I although I brought it upon myself
Customer: Correctional Officer
Alex Esquire : Did you have an attorney or a union representative present during the questioning by OIG investigator?
Customer: Yes, I had the union president with me during the investigation. I have only been on the job since December so the union isn't much good to me.
Alex Esquire : Why did you make an admission?
Alex Esquire : When did this take place?
Customer: I brought the contraband in shortly after I was hired. I admitted because they had the names of the inmates that I was dealing with and I didn't want to lie and them prosecute me even harder. I had the investigation today.
Alex Esquire : While you should not lie, you did have the right to remain silent.
Alex Esquire : Were you detained during the investigation or put in handcuffs or in some other way informed that you were not free to leave?
Customer: No. After the investigation, I signed my resignation papers and left on my own.
Alex Esquire : What was the contraband and what was the amount of compensation that you received for bringing it?
Customer: 6 packs of cigarettes and I received $1200 for all of them
Alex Esquire : Well, I am afraid I have some bad news.
Alex Esquire : Please do not be angry with me when I tell you that you can be charged with a federal felony which carries a mandatory sentence of 15 years upon conviction.
Alex Esquire : The reason it would be likely that you would face federal corruption / bribery charges, is because you were a sworn correction officer at the time you received the bribe.
Alex Esquire : Also, you can face heavy fines if convicted.
Alex Esquire : This is an extremely serious situation and you need to consult with a local criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Alex Esquire : Generally, it can take up to 30 days for the federal grand jury to issue an indictment, but there is hardly any chance that you would not be criminally charged in this matter.
Customer: I was told that the attorney general might dismiss the charges because I was new, I hadn't been to the academy yet and I resigned from my job and I have a spotless military record. Any of this true?
Alex Esquire : They lied to you.
Alex Esquire : They would state anything to get a confession, as such clears a way for them for criminal prosecution and indictment.
Alex Esquire : The information I gave to you is based on the current law, public police and prior precedent related to similar situations.
Customer: Is there any chance that they might just give me a fine?
Alex Esquire : Here is a link to a recent case similar to yours:
Alex Esquire : http://www.fbi.gov/washingtondc/press-releases/2013/former-corrections-officer-pleads-guilty-to-bribery-charge
Alex Esquire : Unfortunately, if you are charged with this federal felony, there is a mandatory 15 year prison sentence, plus fine and a criminal forgeiture.
Alex Esquire : forfeiture*
Alex Esquire : This is an extremely serious crime and there is hardly any chance it can be resolved with just a fine.
Customer: Ok
Alex Esquire : Were you sworn in for your position?
Customer: Yes
Alex Esquire : That is going to be a major issue.
Alex Esquire : Also, let me correct myself
Alex Esquire : Actually a maximum statutory penalty for this crime is 15 years, if you are convicted you might receive a much lesser prison sentence.
Alex Esquire : Please understand, you need to consult and hire a local criminal defense attorney asap!
Customer: Ok. I will
Alex Esquire : I am very sorry this has happened to you and I do wish you the best of luck!
Customer: Thank you.
Alex Esquire : I also do want to thank you for your military service to our great nation.
Customer: Thank you
Alex Esquire : Your military service would be a mitigating circumstance in any criminal sentencing.
Alex Esquire : Please let me know if you have any related follow up questions or if you need sources to find a local criminal defense attorney?
Customer: what does mitigating mean?
Alex Esquire : That means facts that work in your favor and lessen the penalty.
Alex Esquire : mitigating opposite of aggravating
Customer: Ok. I sure hope so.
Alex Esquire : Please do not discuss this case any further with anyone, but your local criminal defense attorney.
Alex Esquire : It is very important.
Customer: Will do. Thank you again.
Alex Esquire : Thank you and please click on the "excellent service" rating, so I can receive credit for my answer. Bonus and positive feedback is always appreciated, but is not required.
Alex Esquire : Do you have any related follow up questions for me?
Alex Esquire : Thank you and please click on the "excellent service" rating, so I can receive credit for my answer. Bonus and positive feedback is always appreciated, but is not required.
Ask Your Own Criminal Law Question
Dear Brooke,

Thank you and please click on the "excellent service" rating, so I can receive credit for my answer. Bonus and positive feedback is always appreciated, but is not required.
Alex J. Esq.
Alex J. Esq., Attorney at Law
Category: Criminal Law
Satisfied Customers: 16,742
Experience: Experienced Licensed Attorney / Criminal Law Mentor
Verified
Alex J. Esq. and 87 other Criminal Law Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Ask Alex J. Esq. Your Own Question
Alex J. Esq.
Alex J. Esq.
Alex J. Esq., Attorney at Law
Category: Criminal Law
Satisfied Customers: 16,742
16,742 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Experienced Licensed Attorney / Criminal Law Mentor

Alex J. Esq. is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Your Expert advise has provided insight on a difficult situation. Thank you so much for the prompt response. I will definitely recommend your website to my friends.

NormaPensacola, FL

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

3,194 satisfied customers

Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.

P. Simmons

P. Simmons

Lawyer

2,063 satisfied customers

16 yrs. of experience including criminal law.

RobertJDFL

RobertJDFL

Lawyer

1,862 satisfied customers

Experienced in multiple areas of the law.

LawTalk

LawTalk

Lawyer

1,815 satisfied customers

30 years legal experience

Nate

Nate

Lawyer

1,736 satisfied customers

Over 10 years of criminal defense practice.

Marsha411JD

Marsha411JD

Lawyer

1,631 satisfied customers

Licensed attorney with 29 yrs. exp. in criminal law

AttorneyTom

AttorneyTom

Lawyer

1,242 satisfied customers

Attorney

< Previous | Next >

Related Criminal Law Questions
I am a 100% disabled veteran I wear a baseball cap says
I am a 100% disabled veteran I wear a baseball cap says Purple Heart combat wounded I also have an American flag on it for some reason people believe that if you have an American flag that you voted f… read more
Zoey, JD
Zoey, JD
Doctoral Degree
181 satisfied customers
I was in Brooklyn on 2 Jan 2018, and received a disorderly
I was in Brooklyn on 2 Jan 2018, and received a disorderly conduct pink summons … read more
Gerald, Esq
Gerald, Esq
Juris Doctor
3,538 satisfied customers
They do have a right for free speech and to gather
They do have a right for free speech and to gather signatures and for public expression. So legally in CA, people expressing their right to free speech in gathering signatures or peacefully handing ou… read more
James Daloisio
James Daloisio
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
82 satisfied customers
A multi level marketing company Monat that I am an
A multi level marketing company Monat that I am an independent distributor for has locked me out of my account. Someone I signed up stole my identity and I notified Monat right away. However the lady … read more
James Daloisio
James Daloisio
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
82 satisfied customers
An arrest warrant was served at my house to arrest my
an arrest warrant was served at my house to arrest my grandson,19 years old. a search found paraphnelia. iwas charged with the paraphnelia. he claimed the items. am I guilty of the possession? … read more
LegalKnowledge
LegalKnowledge
Juris Doctor
28,157 satisfied customers
My husband and i were both arrested for domestic battery 3rd
my husband and i were both arrested for domestic battery 3rd after we got into a small scuffle. is there any way we can get the charges dropped or dismissed … read more
P. Simmons
P. Simmons
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
2,063 satisfied customers
How do so many people get away with watching child porn?
How do so many people get away with watching child porn? Can't they be traced? And if so, how fast of a process would it be to locate them?… read more
LegalKnowledge
LegalKnowledge
Juris Doctor
28,157 satisfied customers
Is it legal for a child support repaseatif to question a
is it legal for a child support repaseatif to question a minor without a parent or a gaurdim antalidome persent … read more
Zoey, JD
Zoey, JD
Doctoral Degree
181 satisfied customers
My son is a meth addict with a resent DUI and a federal.
My son is a meth addict with a resent DUI and a federal … read more
Thelawman2
Thelawman2
Doctoral Degree
1,295 satisfied customers
My grandson was arrested for possession of less than an
My grandson was arrested for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana 2 weeks ago and have to go to court next week what happens and then this weekend he got locked up in the same area same Polic… read more
RobertJDFL
RobertJDFL
Lawyer
Juris Doctorate
1,862 satisfied customers
I have couple of questions before i have go through your law
i have couple of questions before i have go through your law firm … read more
Gerald, Esq
Gerald, Esq
Juris Doctor
3,538 satisfied customers
I was just wondering about prostitution law. How common is
Hello, I was just wondering about prostitution law. How common is it for law enforcement to pursue a case of someone soliciting/patronizing an escort for sex, days or weeks, months, even years before … read more
LegalPro54
LegalPro54
Doctoral Degree
1,258 satisfied customers
My son got a ticket for public intoxication in Galveston,
My son got a ticket for public intoxication in Galveston, Texas. Yesterday he received notification that he needed to appear in cour … read more
LegalKnowledge
LegalKnowledge
Juris Doctor
28,157 satisfied customers
Regarding home invasion...should a senior citizen be
Regarding home invasion...should a senior citizen be continually harassed by B & E, Grand Larceny and Grand Theft, Burglary, and peeping via electronic surveillance, window and roof peeping via a one … read more
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Attorney
Juris Doctor
18,366 satisfied customers
I have a dismissed petty theft misdemeanor from over 7 years
I have a dismissed petty theft misdemeanor from over 7 years ago, will this keep me from getting a licenses from FINRA? … read more
QuickEasyLegalHelp
QuickEasyLegalHelp
79 satisfied customers
I believe my court appointed attorney lied to me in order to
I believe my court appointed attorney lied to me in order to pressure me into a plea bargain lied to me in order to pressure me into a plea bargain. I later found out that I had been way over charged … read more
Zoey, JD
Zoey, JD
Doctoral Degree
181 satisfied customers
I am the victim of childhood sex abuse by my former step
I am the victim of childhood sex abuse by my former step father from the late 60s through the 70s. I have been trying to find him for many, many years. His ex-wife foumd me three days ago and informed… read more
Nisha Jones, Esq.
Nisha Jones, Esq.
Juris Doctorate
1,810 satisfied customers
I need some legal advice about a theft in which I was the
I need some legal advice about a theft in which I was the primary victim but somehow my name wasn't included on the actual police report.… read more
QuickEasyLegalHelp
QuickEasyLegalHelp
79 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x