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Criminal proceedings have been opened – what to do next if criminal proceedings have been opened against you

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For most people, criminal proceedings can have serious consequences. The service of suspicion, which is accompanied by criminal proceedings, is a stressful and even shocking situation. Therefore, it is very important to know what to do next if criminal proceedings have been opened against you. PRIKHODKO & PARTNERS specialists will help you with this.

Criminal proceedings: peculiarities of terminology

What is a criminal proceeding? This is the procedural activity of the bodies of the prosecutor, judge, investigator and court, caused by the commission of a criminal offense. Criminal proceedings are a component of pre-trial investigation.

The term "criminal proceedings" is related to the term "criminal process". Traditionally, in scientific literature, it is used as an activity of pre-trial investigation bodies, regulated by procedural criminal law.

In the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine, criminal proceedings are defined as "pre-trial investigation, subsequent court proceedings and all procedural actions related to the commission of an act, which is provided for by the Law of Ukraine "On Criminal Responsibility" (Clause 10, Part 1, Article 3)

Any criminal proceeding involves the following stages:

  1. Entering relevant information about the committed criminal offense into the Unified Register of Pretrial Investigations.
  2. Pre-trial investigation.
  3. Court session (preparatory stage).
  4. Consideration of the case in court.
  5. Adjudication.
  6. Appeal and cassation proceedings.
  7. Review of court decisions by the Supreme Court.
  8. Execution of court decisions.

Lawyer in criminal proceedings

Depending on the procedural status of a participant in criminal proceedings, a lawyer can act as a defender (defender of the suspect, defender of the accused) or representative (representative of the victim, representative of the person).

In addition, the lawyer provides legal assistance to search participants and witnesses in criminal proceedings. Let's consider in more detail the functionality of a lawyer in criminal proceedings.

According to Part 1 of Article 45 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine, a defense attorney is a lawyer who provides the necessary protection to a suspect, convicted person, or accused person.

You can use the services of a lawyer during a house search, interrogation and other elements of criminal proceedings. If you need the help of professional defense lawyers in cases related to criminal proceedings, make an appointment with "PRIKHODKO & PARTNERS" lawyers.

Our lawyers:

  • They ensure compliance with all the client's legitimate interests at various stages of criminal proceedings (from searches to closing the case).
  • They act as mediators between the law enforcement system and the client.
  • They interact on behalf of the client with municipal and state organizations, institutions, individuals, etc.
  • Provide comprehensive legal support to reduce the negative consequences of the results of criminal proceedings.

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