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Official Misconduct

Definition - What does Official Misconduct mean?

Official misconduct is unlawful behavior on the part of a public official during the time when they are performing their duties. In the context of the law, public officials can face serious consequences if they participate in official misconduct.

Justipedia explains Official Misconduct

Many public officials have to take oaths of office; official misconduct often involves a public official breaking that oath of office. For example, if a judge takes a bribe from a defendant to reduce the latter's sentence to next to nothing, then this would be an example of official misconduct.

Public officials who are found guilty of official misconduct can be stripped of their office and also face criminal charges. The consequences depend on the actual violations.

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