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Penalties

Individuals

What penalties are available to the courts for violations of corruption laws by individuals?

The sentencing ranges of corruption laws differ in Germany.

For bribery in the public sector, the maximum sentence is 10 years in prison in aggravated cases of bribery. Apart from this, the penalty is usually a fine or prison term ranging from six months to three or five years.

Bribery in the private and healthcare sectors, as well as bribing voters and delegates, is punishable by a prison term of up to five years or a fine.

Companies or organisations

What penalties are available to the courts for violations of corruption laws by companies or organisations?

Companies and organisations can be fined. There is no possibility to simultaneously issue both an order of forfeiture against the corporation regarding the same offence and a monetary penalty. However, the possibility of confiscation remains. In addition, attachment in rem can be issued in order to secure the regulatory fine.

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