CRIMINAL DEFENSE, REPRESENTATION OF VICTIMS
(DRUG POSSESSION, HUMAN TRAFFICKING, DRIVER’S LICENSE REINSTATEMENT)
Are you or a relative facing criminal or misdemeanor proceedings?
Have you been arrested or remanded in custody?
Have you been involved in a traffic accident?
Has your driving license been suspended?
Are you a victim of a criminal offence?
Our law firm can defend you in criminal and misdemeanor cases before the investigating authorities, the prosecution, and the courts. We help in the event of arrest and detention. If you are a victim of a criminal case, our law firm can represent you in criminal proceedings.
WHEN SHOULD I HIRE A CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER?
The sooner the better!
Do not seek legal advice only after you have made a police statement or after you have been convicted!
In practice, the biggest mistake is for a client to go to a lawyer only after he has already made his statement and the evidence against him is already available to the investigating authority, i.e., when he realizes that he is already in big trouble. The situation may not be hopeless, but a much better outcome can be achieved if the lawyer is in contact with the defendant before the first investigative interview, the case has been discussed and both are prepared to face the case.
WHAT DOES A LAWYER DO IN CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS?
Make sure the accused is properly protected!
The main task of a defense lawyer is – as the name suggests – to help the accused, to give legal advice and, if he is in custody, to keep in contact with him. The lawyer exercises the rights of the accused, except those which, by definition, belong exclusively to the accused. The defense counsel may, in the interests of the defense, obtain information on the case, and may obtain and collect data within the possibilities and under the conditions provided by law. The defender shall maintain contact with the person charged and may visit the person detained at any time, practically throughout the day, in accordance with the rules of the prison, and may also speak to him or her by telephone without restriction and without control.
WHO CAN GIVE A POWER OF ATTORNEY?
Do not leave your relative alone!
In the first place, the person charged can appoint a lawyer. A power of attorney can also be given by an adult relative, or, in the case of a foreign national, by a consular official of the person’s home country. In this case, the client must be informed of the authorization, of course. The power of attorney must be submitted to the court, prosecutor or investigating authority before which the criminal proceedings are pending at the time of the power of attorney. The authorized lawyer may exercise his procedural rights after the submission of the authorization.