What Is the Law on Abuse of authority in Wyoming and What Are the Punishments for It?
Abuse of Authority can be categorized in various number of ways. However, some of the more common ways were power is abused can take the form of taking advantage of someone or a situation that someone is stuck in, using nefarious means to access any information which should not be easily accessible or is classified, trying to manipulate someone into doing some sort of dirty or illegal work for the individual, and threatening someone if they do not comply with or refuse to be an accomplice of the person in his illegal or shady dealings.
Abuse of Authority as a public authority entails even more punishment, as someone in the public eye should be an example of honesty and morality, not treachery and lies. Thus, any public official convicted in a case for abuse of authority will have to suffer some very serious consequences.
Punishments for Abuse of Power in Wyoming
Punishments for abuse of power in Wyoming are not classified into general categories. Rather, every individual crime has its own punishment, as classified by the state. The most serious crimes are no doubt for the individuals who are directly involved with the exchange of money in one way or another. Crimes where an individual benefits, not monetarily but otherwise, form the other base of this spectrum. Crimes and punishments for abuse of power in Wyoming include the following:
- Bribery: Maximum imprisonment of up to 10 years, a fine of up to $5000, or both, depending on the amount of bribe money and the people involved.
- Soliciting money from an individual or making someone give the individual a 'compensation' for their work is a felony, and can cost the individual a maximum prison time of 10 years, a fine of up to $5000, or both, depending on the extent of the crime.
- Demanding compensation from another person because of some work that was officially done for them in the past constitutes as a felony, and the individual demanding the 'compensation' will have to face a maximum prison time of up to 10 years, a fine of up to $5000, or both, depending on the amount that was asked.
- Demanding money to do the work of another person: The individual may face a maximum prison time of 3 years, and a fine of up to $5000.
- Seeking personal gains in matters related to public investment: The individual may face a maximum of 6 months in prison, a fine of $750, or both.
- Seeking personal gains or favors in a contract or appointment with another person: The individual may face a maximum fine amount of up to $5000.
- A public official or an elected officer who is behaving in an immature or childish fashion in a public platform will be fined a maximum amount of $1000.
- A public official who has been convicted of wrongfully acquiring or illegally taking over public property will be sentenced to a maximum prison time of a year, a fine of up to $1000 or both, depending on the severity of the crime.
- Misconduct while on the job amounts to a maximum fine of $5000. In addition to this, if the official hurts another person, either intentionally or unintentionally, they will be subject to a maximum fine of $750.
In addition to this, any individual who has been convicted of Abuse of Authority in any fashion, no matter the extent or the severity of the crime, will be subject to automatic removal from their position in office.