Legal Aid in Misdemeanours in a Fast, Affordable and Convenient Manner!

Claudius Law Office consults clients in all matters related to misdemeanours. We provide legal aid in misdemeanour procedures for both the accused and the injured party. We prepare for our clients any necessary documentation for the process, provide representation in administrating with authorities and other organizations and carry out necessary operations.

Misdemeanour laws govern matters regarding less dangerous crimes. A misdemeanour is an offence for which principal punishment is a fine or detention. For example, misdemeanours are several traffic offences, as well as few offences described in the penal code. If a person commits an act which comprises the necessary elements of both a misdemeanour and a criminal offence, the person shall be punished only for the criminal offence. If a punishment is not imposed for the criminal offence, the same act may be punished for the misdemeanour. No one shall be punished more than once for the same offence, regardless of whether the punishment is imposed in Estonia or in another state. No one shall be considered guilty for committing a misdemeanour before the punishment has entered into force.

Pursuant to The Constitution of the Republic of Estonia § 20 everyone has the right to liberty and security of person. No one may be deprived of his or her liberty except in the cases and pursuant to a procedure provided by law, for example to enforce a judgment of conviction rendered or a detention ordered by a court. A person may be detained for 48 hours if there's a reason to believe he has committed a misdemeanour and if that person: is trying to escape, identity hasn't been identified; may continue to commit misdemeanours, may prevent or evade from misdemeanour proceeding.

Noone may be deprived of liberty merely on the ground of inability to fulfil a contractual obligation. Noone may be compelled to testify against himself or against those closest to him or her. No one may be prosecuted or sentenced for a second time for an act in respect of which he or she has been the subject of a final conviction or acquittal pursuant to the law. Everyone is entitled to attend any hearing held by a court in his or her case.

A body conducting extra-judicial proceedings for the accused the legally required to do the following: provide in-court and out-of-court information on the relevant legal procedures, explain the rights and obligations of the accused, inform the accused of his/her right to defend him/herself or, alternatively, allow his or her counsel to participate in the proceeding.

Claudius Law Office will assist you in the following matters:

  • § explaining terms and conditions in documents relating to penalty fines in case of delay, as well as identifying  any received documents and their provenance, any further options available and to determine the strategy resulting in the optimal outcome for the client;
  • § contesting fines for delay in rural municipality government or city government, filing a notice of appeal to the administrative court;
  • § challenging contractual penalty;
  • § submitting a claim in a written warning procedure of the fine;
  • § challenging expedited procedure;
  • § objecting against a misdemeanour report to the body conducting extra-judicial proceedings or contesting a general judgment of the court;
  • § contesting misdemeanour report to reduce the fine;
  • § defending of an accused in a misdemeanour procedure;
  • § representing accused or civil plaintiff in a misdemeanour procedure.

In addition, Claudius Law Office will attempt to resolve any other related concerns that the client may have. Our lawyer is always at the client’s disposal. Client’s confidentiality is paramount to us, disclosure of information to third parties will only be made if it is in the client’s best interests. Don’t hesitate to contact us!

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