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Expert on public procurement on the Law of Ukraine of April 19, 2019

April 19 of the Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Concerning Simplification of Pre-trial Investigation of Categories of Criminal Offenses”

The introduction of a simplified procedure for the investigation of criminal offenses in the manner proposed by law will ensure the rapid investigation of minor offenses, which in turn will reduce the burden on pre-trial investigation and will allow investigators to focus on investigating serious and especially serious crimes. a step towards the humanization of criminal law.

By law, a criminal offense is an act provided by the Criminal Code, for which the main punishment is a fine of not more than three thousand non-taxable minimum incomes or other punishment not related to imprisonment.

The law proposes to change the classification of crimes to:
– light,
– heavy,
– especially heavy.

The main postulates of the law are also:
1) Establishment of a criminal record for committing a criminal offense only during the term of serving the sentence and termination of the criminal record from the date of the end of serving the sentence,
2) Assignment of most acts punishable by imprisonment for up to two years to the criteria of crimes
3) Increasing the size of the fine for many offenses in order to classify them as minor crimes
4) Carrying out criminalization and decriminalization in order to classify them as minor crimes

Criminalization of certain manifestations of illegal behavior cannot be considered as a means of ensuring the procedural rights of the individual. This task should be solved by making changes and additions to the administrative legislation, and not by recognizing certain acts as criminal offenses.

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