Defence of individuals

The defence of the individual stands in the centre of our activities and we have a long-standing track-record of acting at the centre of complex and high-profile cases.

Our job as a criminal defence counsel is to protect your rights and freedoms in criminal proceedings against unjustified or disproportionate state interference and sanctions.

In our experience, this task must be perceived as early as possible and acting swiftly often will make or break the outcome of the case.

The defence usually begins in the so-called preliminary investigation stage, which is often accompanied with additional burdens for the accused. German law enforcement authorities have access to a wide range of coercive measures, which significantly interfere with the personal freedom (search, arrest) or the property (arrest) of the accused. In these cases, it is our most urgent task to review these measures for their legality and, if necessary, to challenge them in court. In addition, it is necessary to start as early as possible with the defence against the actual material charge. In addition to comprehensive legal knowledge, this requires a review of the facts.

Only a precise legal and factual analysis of the case can can provide a sound basis for a potential confession or statement in order to rebut the allegation as far as possible. In particular, the long-term consequences of a possible confession should be considered. In some cases, it may be advisable to keep silent. Whether - and if so, how and when - an accused should make submissions in his defence on the substance of the matter, always requires careful consideration.

If a rebuttal of the charge appears to be wholly or partly unrealistic, we will take all possible steps at an early stage in order to end the procedure outside of the public main proceedings with the best possible result, for example by way of provisional termination. This is often possible by means of a criminal process-based "deal" with the law enforcement authorities, which, however, should not be used too hastily.

In the event of an indictment, the focus of our activities is on preparation and participation in the main proceedings, i.e. the actual trial. It is particular important to us to ensure that your rights of participation as a defendant in the proceedings are safeguarded, so as in order to be able to actively influence the course of the trial. For this, a thorough analysis of the case files as well as in-depth knowledge of the procedural law are necessary. All the members of our firm have extensive experience in all areas of criminal law, whereby we are most experienced in serious fraud and other business crime related cases. It is precisely in this area that so-called deals about the sentencing play a role, if an acquittal seems impossible.

If the judgment at the end of the trial does not meet your expectations, it can be challenged with an appeal. However, the chances of success of an appeal need to be examined carefully. In particular the "revision" appeal proceedings of criminal cases has increasingly developed into an area of extreme complexity, which is constantly changing due to inconsistent and case-specific jurisprudence. Due to our extensive academic and teaching activities, we keep these changes constantly in view. We are therefore in a unique position to assess the prospects of an appeal in a realistic way and pursue an appeal with the appropriate diligence and determination.