61-5A-1 Short title
61-5A-2 Definitions
61-5A-3 Bribery in official and political matters
61-5A-4 Unlawful rewarding for past behavior
61-5A-5 Threats in official and political matters
61-5A-6 Gifts or gratuities to public servants prohibited; exceptions
61-5A-7 Trading in public office
61-5A-8 Certain matters not to constitute defense
61-5A-9 Penalties; disqualification to hold office; statute of limitations for misdemeanor offenses
61-5A-10 Construction; certain other code provisions not affected; article not to affect offenses committed under other statutory provisions
61-5A-11 Severability

Terms Used In West Virginia Code > Chapter 61 > Article 5A

  • Approval: means recommendation, failure to disapprove, or any other manifestation of favor or acquiescence. See West Virginia Code 61-5A-2
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • Benefit: means a gain or advantage, or anything regarded, or which might reasonably be regarded, by the beneficiary as a gain or advantage, including a gain or advantage to any other person. See West Virginia Code 61-5A-2
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Disapproval: means failure to approve, or any other manifestation of disfavor or nonacquiescence. See West Virginia Code 61-5A-2
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • Government: includes the state, the state or any county board of education, or any county or municipality of the state. See West Virginia Code 61-5A-2
  • Harm: means loss to a person, physical injury of a person or injury to the property of a person, including loss to, physical injury of or injury to the property of any other person in whose welfare he is interested. See West Virginia Code 61-5A-2
  • Intangible property: Property that has no intrinsic value, but is merely the evidence of value such as stock certificates, bonds, and promissory notes.
  • judgment: includes decrees and orders for the payment of money or the conveyance or delivery of land or personal property, or some interest therein, or any undertaking, bond or recognizance which has the legal effect of a judgment. See West Virginia Code 2-2-10
  • Judicial proceeding: means (i) any proceeding before any court or commissioner thereof or justice of the peace, or (ii) any quasi-judicial proceeding before a board, commission or public servant, the outcome of which is required to be based on a record or documentation prescribed by law. See West Virginia Code 61-5A-2
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Juror: A person who is on the jury.
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • offense: includes every act or omission for which a fine, forfeiture or punishment is imposed by law. See West Virginia Code 2-2-10
  • Official action: means a decision, award of contract, judgment, opinion, report, recommendation, vote, or other exercise of discretion. See West Virginia Code 61-5A-2
  • Party official: means (i) a person who holds an office or position in a political party or political party committee, whether by election, appointment or otherwise, by virtue of which he directs or conducts, or participates in directing or conducting party affairs at any level of responsibility (including, but not limited to, a treasurer of a political party committee), or (ii) a committee or any member thereof advancing the interests of any political party or candidate for election to any state, county or local public office (including, but not limited to, a financial agent as that term is now defined in chapter three of this code) or working for or against the approval of a public question by the voters at any election. See West Virginia Code 61-5A-2
  • pecuniary benefit: means a benefit in the form of money, tangible or intangible property, commercial interests or anything else the primary significance of which is economic gain. See West Virginia Code 61-5A-2
  • Public servant: means any officer (whether executive, judicial, legislative or ministerial, and whether elected or appointed) or employee of the state, or of the state or any county board of education, or of any county or municipality of the state, including without in any way limiting the generality of the foregoing, commissioners of a court, justices of the peace, law-enforcement officers, and any person participating as juror. See West Virginia Code 61-5A-2
  • state: when applied to a part of the United States and not restricted by the context, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories, and the words "United States" also include the said district and territories. See West Virginia Code 2-2-10