FAQs

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Is the initial consultation free of charge?

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The initial consultation costs €120.00, incl. 20% VAT.

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Do I still need to pay the defence counsel if I have legal protection insurance?

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In essence, yes – at least, his/her fees must be paid by the end of the criminal proceedings. In the case of a retrospective confirmation of cover by legal protection insurance, the costs are to be borne in their entirety or at least in their majority, according to the agreement with the defence counsel.

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What is the difference between a criminal defence lawyer (defence counsel in criminal matters) and an attorney?

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An attorney is also a criminal defence lawyer, but a criminal defence lawyer is not automatically an attorney: In simple terms, a criminal defence lawyer has the same role as an attorney, but this is limited exclusively to defending clients in criminal matters.

While an attorney also disputes civil procedures, represents in administrative procedures and criminal matters, I am exclusively active in defending clients in legal criminal matters.

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Will my employer learn of my criminal proceedings?

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In principal, no. It is only in the case of civil servants where there is an obligation to notify employers.

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Will a criminal defence lawyer still represent me if he knows I am guilty and have perhaps even committed an abhorrent crime?

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If the criminal defence lawyer is a professional that should not present any problem. Nevertheless, there have been instances where clients have come to me having already tried their luck with other attorneys/criminal defence lawyers who had refused to represent them.

However, as a professional I can distinguish very well between the crime and the perpetrator: the accused is a person too and one of his/her fundamental human rights is the right to a fair trial (Art. 6 ECHM, fair trial).

Particularly in morally disgusting crimes, the emotions of police officers, judges and attorneys can also run high and this presents the criminal defence lawyer with a very important corrective, in order that the necessary objectivity is not thrown overboard entirely.

It is therefore not my position to play the upholder of moral standards, but to observe and adhere to the Criminal Code of Procedure.

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Can I rely on my lawyer/criminal defence lawyer to always tell me the truth?

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I assume this to be the case, however I can only speak for myself. My principle concerning this is as follows: It goes with the job that I occasionally have to heavily “stretch” the truth when speaking FOR my clients, however when speaking TO my clients, I always have to tell the truth!