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By: Tom Gijsberts

How long can someone be detained pending trial?

On 02, Jan 2020 | In Frequently Asked Questions | By: Tom Gijsberts

Many people call us asking how long the police are allowed to detain them or a loved one after the arrest.

When the arrested suspect arrives at the police station, the Assistant Public Prosecutor determines that he will be detained at the police station for investigation, or that he will be released. If the suspect has to stay, in most cases this can be done for a period of nine hours. Within that period, the suspect is heard by the police. The hours between midnight and nine o'clock in the morning do not count. This first part can therefore take up to 18 hours.

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How's a police interrogation going?

On 11, Oct 2019 | In Legal Advice, Criminal Cases, Frequently Asked Questions | By: K. Canatan

If you are interrogated by the police, of course there is a reason. This may be because you have been identified as a witness, but also as a suspect. This blog is about how an interrogation with the police takes place. In most cases you will receive a letter with an invitation for the interrogation before the interrogation. Sometimes it will also tell you what you are suspected of and whether the police intend to arrest you. You may also be questioned after you have already been arrested by the police.

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What's the penalty for hacking?

On 12, May 2019 | In Legal Advice, Criminal Cases, Frequently Asked Questions | By: M. Berndsen

Hacking can take place in different ways. Someone who accesses someone else's computer, account or network without permission is, in principle, guilty of computer peace (art. 138ab of the Criminal Code). This does not only apply to the complicated hacking of someone else's computer. For example, secretly logging into someone else's e-mail account or Instagram is also a punishable offence. In addition, there are various other criminal provisions, for example on the destruction of someone else's data, the committing of suffocation attacks - (D)DoS-attacks - and stolen computer data.

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In Frequently Asked Questions

By: K. Canatan

Where can I find a criminal lawyer in Europe?

On 18, Feb 2013 | In Frequently Asked Questions | By: K. Canatan

You may need a criminal lawyer outside the Netherlands, for example if you or someone you know is being prosecuted there. After all, a Dutch lawyer usually only knows Dutch law.

Finding a criminal lawyer outside the Netherlands is not always easy. The European Criminal Bar Association has published a list of members on its website. Although the list says nothing about quality or reliability, the lawyers in question in any case assert that they handle criminal cases. The list is limited to Europe. In the end, you will have to decide for yourself which lawyer you think is suitable.

You can find the list here



In Frequently Asked Questions

By: K. Canatan

What's a pro forma session?

On 10, Aug 2012 | In Frequently Asked Questions | By: K. Canatan

A suspected or accused person remanded in custody after his arrest shall in principle be entitled to have his case dealt with in substance no later than 90 days after the court has ordered his detention. If, at the end of this period, the case is not ready to be heard on the substance of the case because an investigation has yet to take place, the court (or, on appeal, the court of appeal) shall decide in a pro forma hearing on the necessity of continuing the pre-trial detention. Sometimes a pro forma hearing has the character of a summary hearing. In that case, the hearing is used to give the defence and the Public Prosecution Service the opportunity to make known their investigative wishes, on which the court can then take a decision.

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