What is the Law on 'Abuse of Authority' in Oklahoma and What are the Punishments for it?
Abuse of authority occurs when a person misuses their position as a state official or a government employee in order to either further their personal agenda or to help further the career of their family or close friends.
A person has no qualm abusing their authority when there is no respect of the hierarchy in their office. As a result of this, the individual may try to step over their boundaries, establish their own dominance, and try to overlap their work with the duties of their senior. This may also cause the individual to overlook their own duties, and shirk the responsibilities that they are supposed to execute. Thus, in turn, this leads to the individual trying to delegate their responsibilities onto their individuals or co-workers. If they refuse, the individual may use underhanded means to get their work done, for example bribing, coercing, bullying, threatening, or humiliating them in order to get them to work.
Punishment for Abuse of Authority in Oklahoma
In Oklahoma, there are no set punishments for any crime; rater, the crime determines the punishment. Thus, an individual who has committed a felony or a misdemeanor will be charged according to what they did, and what category the crime falls under. Thus, every crime carries its own sets of punishments, but there can be some additional fines that are levied or a stricter sentence is given, according to the incident that occurred, the individual who has been convicted, the extent of the crime in question, and whether or not there were other people involved. Thus, the crimes and their punishments in Utah include the following:
- Giving or taking a bribe, or being a part of soliciting such offers, can land the individual a jail time of a minimum of 1 year and a maximum sentence up to 10 years. In addition to this, a fine of up to $5,000 is also levied. Moreover, the individual can also be disqualified from his position in the office, and be permanently blacklisted from any state and public posts in the future.
- If any individual is found soliciting another person for purposes of a job in a public post, the individual will be subject to prison time from a minimum of 1 year up to a maximum time of 5 years, and a fine as well, summing up to any amount between $100 to $1000. The amount of the fine will be dependent on the person who was being solicited, the bribe that was offered, and the post that was embroiled in the crime.
- Asking someone for a bribe or selling and trading one's vote in exchange for some benefits, monetary or otherwise, is punishable by a maximum prison time of 10 years, along with a fine of up to $5,000.
- Altering the copy of a bill or its draft, especially one which does not fall in the jurisdiction of the individual.
- Violating the anti-nepotism restrictions, and essentially paving a path for one's family to also get a post in a government office, even if another person rightfully deserves it more. If an individual is convicted for nepotism, they will have to forfeit their office, get disqualified from their post, and will get blacklisted from holding or running for any other public and state office in the future.
Under the finance disclosure act, if an individual files a false financial statement or files their documents later, then they are fined $100 for every day that the correct documents are not submitted.