General Criminal Law

In 2004, the Federal Constitutional Court ruled that criminal law includes all regulations that define punishable behavior and impose state sanctions. The German Criminal Code (StGB) is the heart of criminal law. Although general criminal law offenses may seem conventional, the complexity and severity of criminal proceedings can vary, and the outcome depends on the specifics of the case and a well-planned defense strategy between the client and their lawyer. These proceedings can be challenging and often require an intuitive approach and a deep understanding of the law and the court's procedure.

If you are accused of any general criminal offense, it is better to avoid contacting the police or the public prosecutor unprepared. Instead, contacting a lawyer as soon as possible is recommended to ensure that the accused person's rights are heard and safeguarded during all stages of the proceedings.

Examples of general criminal law

  • Assault and battery
  • Theft and fencing
  • Robbery and extortion
  • Resistance to public authority
  • Harassment and coercion
  • Trespassing
  • Insult
  • False unsworn statements and perjury
  • Forgery
  • Damage to property and arson
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