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Carlos Aguilar Fernández
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Carlos Aguilar Fernández was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Carlos Aguilar Fernández

CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense Litigation
Jaime Alonso Gallo
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Jaime Alonso Gallo was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jaime Alonso Gallo

Uría Menéndez Abogados, S.L.P.
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
José María Alonso Puig
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José María Alonso Puig was awarded 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

José María Alonso Puig

José María Alonso Abogados, S.L.P.
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense Litigation International Arbitration Arbitration and Mediation
Francisco Amorós Ibor
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Francisco Amorós Ibor was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Francisco Amorós Ibor

Bufete Amorós Abogados, S.L.P.
  • Location:
    Valencia, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense Litigation
Diego Artacho
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Diego Artacho was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Diego Artacho

Rousaud Costas Duran, S.L.P.
  • Location:
    Barcelona, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Criminal Defense
Ignacio Ayala Gómez
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Ignacio Ayala Gómez was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Ignacio Ayala Gómez

Oliva-Ayala Abogados
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Luis Batlló
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Luis Batlló was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Luis Batlló

Batlló Advocats
  • Location:
    Barcelona, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense Litigation
José Bonilla Pella
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José Bonilla Pella was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

José Bonilla Pella

  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Carlos Bueren Roncero
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Carlos Bueren Roncero was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Carlos Bueren Roncero

Uría Menéndez Abogados, S.L.P.
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense Litigation
Joaquín Burkhalter
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Joaquín Burkhalter was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Joaquín Burkhalter

Cuatrecasas, S.L.P.
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense Litigation
María del Mar Cambronero Soriano
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María del Mar Cambronero Soriano was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

María del Mar Cambronero Soriano

JLCA & AS.-Lawyers S.A.
  • Location:
    Barcelona, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Fernando Campón Durán
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Fernando Campón Durán was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Fernando Campón Durán

Campón & Martínez-Pereda Abogados
  • Location:
    Cáceres, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Arbitration and Mediation Criminal Defense
Enric Carulla Mur
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Enric Carulla Mur was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Enric Carulla Mur

Garrigues
  • Location:
    Barcelona, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense Litigation
Jaime Casado Ruiz
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Jaime Casado Ruiz was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jaime Casado Ruiz

Jaime Casado Ruiz
  • Location:
    Seville, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Abraham Castro
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Abraham Castro was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Abraham Castro

Broseta Abogados
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Gabriel Castro Salillas
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Gabriel Castro Salillas was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Gabriel Castro Salillas

Garrigues
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
José Antonio Choclán Montalvo
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José Antonio Choclán Montalvo was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

José Antonio Choclán Montalvo

Bufete Choclán Montalvo
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Ismael Clemente Casas
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Ismael Clemente Casas was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Ismael Clemente Casas

Uría Menéndez Abogados, S.L.P.
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative Law Criminal Defense Litigation Arbitration and Mediation
José Raúl Dolz Ruiz
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José Raúl Dolz Ruiz was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

José Raúl Dolz Ruiz

Estudio Jurídico Rodríguez Mourullo
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Alfredo Domínguez
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Alfredo Domínguez was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Alfredo Domínguez

Cuatrecasas, S.L.P.
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Juan Alberto Díaz López
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Juan Alberto Díaz López was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Juan Alberto Díaz López

J. A. Díaz - Litigación Penal
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Manuel Esteban Pascual
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Manuel Esteban Pascual was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Manuel Esteban Pascual

Zapata Bermúdez & Partners Abogados
  • Location:
    Valencia, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Bernardo Feijoo Sánchez
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Bernardo Feijoo Sánchez was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Bernardo Feijoo Sánchez

Corporate Defense
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Vanessa Fernández Lledó
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Vanessa Fernández Lledó was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Vanessa Fernández Lledó

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados, S.L.P.
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice
María Teresa Fernández Mateos
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María Teresa Fernández Mateos was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

María Teresa Fernández Mateos

Garrigues
  • Location:
    Valencia, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Insolvency and Reorganization Law Criminal Defense Litigation
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  • Location:
    Barcelona, Spain Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense Litigation
Olga García
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Olga García was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Olga García

Olga García
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Florina García González
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Florina García González was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Florina García González

Florina García & Asociados
  • Location:
    Oviedo, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Criminal Defense
José Ángel González Franco
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José Ángel González Franco was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

José Ángel González Franco

González Franco
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Criminal Defense
Alfredo Guerrero
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Alfredo Guerrero was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Alfredo Guerrero

King & Wood Mallesons
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
María Gutiérrez Rodríguez
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María Gutiérrez Rodríguez was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

María Gutiérrez Rodríguez

Oliva-Ayala Abogados
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Carlos Gómez-Jara Díez
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Carlos Gómez-Jara Díez was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Carlos Gómez-Jara Díez

Corporate Defense
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Juan Infante Escudero
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Juan Infante Escudero was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Juan Infante Escudero

Infante Abogados
  • Location:
    Bilbao, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense Corporate and M&A Law Banking and Finance Law
Luis Jordana de Pozas
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Luis Jordana de Pozas was awarded 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Luis Jordana de Pozas

Cuatrecasas, S.L.P.
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Criminal Defense
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  • Location:
    Barcelona, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Íñigo Martínez
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Íñigo Martínez was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Íñigo Martínez

Cuatrecasas, S.L.P.
  • Location:
    Bilbao, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense Litigation
Manuel Martínez Randulfe
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Manuel Martínez Randulfe was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Manuel Martínez Randulfe

Abogados Martínez Randulfe
  • Location:
    Ourense, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Laura Martínez-Sanz Collados
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Laura Martínez-Sanz Collados was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Laura Martínez-Sanz Collados

Oliva-Ayala Abogados
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Víctor Mercedes
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Víctor Mercedes was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Víctor Mercedes

Baker McKenzie LLP
  • Location:
    Barcelona, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Insolvency and Reorganization Law Criminal Defense Litigation
Santiago Milans del Bosch
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Santiago Milans del Bosch was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Santiago Milans del Bosch

Milans del Bosch Abogados
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Administrative Law Criminal Defense
Luis Carlos Molero Pellón
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Luis Carlos Molero Pellón was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Luis Carlos Molero Pellón

Garrigues
  • Location:
    Seville, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Criminal Defense
Enrique Molina
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Enrique Molina was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Enrique Molina

Ramón y Cajal Abogados
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense Litigation
Óscar Morales García
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Óscar Morales García was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Óscar Morales García

Uría Menéndez Abogados, S.L.P.
  • Location:
    Barcelona, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Corporate and M&A Law Criminal Defense
Fermín Morales Prats
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Fermín Morales Prats was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Fermín Morales Prats

Gabinete Jurídico Fermín Morales
  • Location:
    Barcelona, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Juan Ignacio Ortiz de Urbina Feito
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Juan Ignacio Ortiz de Urbina Feito was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Juan Ignacio Ortiz de Urbina Feito

Despacho Jurídico Ortiz de Urbina
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Juan Ortiz Úrculo
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Juan Ortiz Úrculo was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Juan Ortiz Úrculo

Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo Abogados
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Florentino Ortí Ponte
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Florentino Ortí Ponte was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Florentino Ortí Ponte

Rodríguez Arribas Abogados, S.L.P.
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense Litigation
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  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice
Raúl Pardo-Geijo Ruiz
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Raúl Pardo-Geijo Ruiz was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Raúl Pardo-Geijo Ruiz

Pardo Geijo Abogados
  • Location:
    Murcia, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
José Mª Paret
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José Mª Paret was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

José Mª Paret

Cuatrecasas, S.L.P.
  • Location:
    Barcelona, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Ángel Piñeiro Nogueira
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Ángel Piñeiro Nogueira was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Ángel Piñeiro Nogueira

Garrigues
  • Location:
    Vigo, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense Litigation
Josep Riba Ciurana
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Josep Riba Ciurana was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Josep Riba Ciurana

Gabinete Jurídico Fermín Morales
  • Location:
    Barcelona, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Gonzalo Rodríguez-Mourullo Otero
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Gonzalo Rodríguez-Mourullo Otero was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Gonzalo Rodríguez-Mourullo Otero

Estudio Jurídico Rodríguez Mourullo
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense Litigation
Carlos Saiz Díaz
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Carlos Saiz Díaz was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Carlos Saiz Díaz

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados, S.L.P.
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice Criminal Defense
Irene Sancho
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Irene Sancho was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Irene Sancho

Cuatrecasas, S.L.P.
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Jesús Santos
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Jesús Santos was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jesús Santos

Baker McKenzie LLP
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Gonzalo Susaeta
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Gonzalo Susaeta was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Gonzalo Susaeta

Cuatrecasas, S.L.P.
  • Location:
    Bilbao, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense Litigation Arbitration and Mediation Corporate and M&A Law
Ignacio Sánchez
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Ignacio Sánchez was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Ignacio Sánchez

Hogan Lovells International LLP
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Javier Sánchez-Vera Gómez-Trelles
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Javier Sánchez-Vera Gómez-Trelles was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Javier Sánchez-Vera Gómez-Trelles

Oliva-Ayala Abogados
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Jordi Tirvió Portús
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Jordi Tirvió Portús was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jordi Tirvió Portús

AGM Abogados
  • Location:
    Barcelona, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice
Alfonso Trallero Masó
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Alfonso Trallero Masó was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Alfonso Trallero Masó

Miguel Bajo & Alfonso Trallero Abogados
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Jesús Urraza Abad
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Jesús Urraza Abad was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jesús Urraza Abad

Urraza, Mendieta & Del Rosal Abogados
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
David Velázquez Vioque
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David Velázquez Vioque was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

David Velázquez Vioque

David Velázquez Vioque
  • Location:
    Barcelona, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Pablo Villaseca
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Pablo Villaseca was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Pablo Villaseca

Cuatrecasas, S.L.P.
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Andrés Zapata Carreras
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Andrés Zapata Carreras was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Andrés Zapata Carreras

Zapata Bermúdez & Partners Abogados
  • Location:
    Valencia, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Emilio Zegrí Boada
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Emilio Zegrí Boada was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Emilio Zegrí Boada

Zegrí + de Olivar Abogados Penalistas
  • Location:
    Barcelona, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
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  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Criminal Defense
Francesc de P. Jufresa Patau
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Francesc de P. Jufresa Patau

Jufresa & Grasas, Abogados Penalistas, SLP
  • Location:
    Barcelona, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense
Pablo de la Vega Cavero
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Pablo de la Vega Cavero was awarded 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Pablo de la Vega Cavero

Garrigues
  • Location:
    Alicante, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Insolvency and Reorganization Law Arbitration and Mediation Criminal Defense Litigation

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Criminal Defense Definition

Those not acquainted with the peculiarities of Spanish criminal proceedings might be surprised by the existence of the private prosecution: the victim’s own right to bring charges. Thus, in Spain, Criminal Law practitioners not only offer defense counsel to the accused, but can also represent the victim in seeking civil damages ex delicto within the very same criminal proceedings, as well as requesting the imposition of criminal penalties on the defendant (even if contrary to the opinion of the public prosecutor).

The practice of Criminal Law can broadly be divided in two on the basis of the nature of the offenses that counsel is retained to deal with: on one hand non white-collar crime (e.g. theft, robbery, drug related offenses, hate crimes, assaults, sexual assaults, homicides, etc.) and on the other white-collar crime (e.g. fraud, bribery, embezzlement, insider trading, identity theft, money laundering, etc.). Not all Criminal Law lawyers offer counsel on non white-collar crime matters, usually due to their firm’s policy, particularly in firms with multiple areas of practice. Penalties under Spanish Criminal Law range from a fine to imprisonment and in cases of criminal corporate liability may even result in the judicial dissolution of the legal person.

For these reasons it is essential to obtain expert and specialized counsel from the very moment that criminal proceedings are directed against a suspect or conversely, a person is the victim of a crime. The pre-trial investigation phase is conducted by an examining magistrate who is ultimately responsible for ruling between the dismissal of the proceedings or moving forward to trial. Actions undertaken during this pre-trial investigation phase are of paramount importance to the client as they can be instrumental in the examining magistrate decision and affect the imposition of precautionary measures such as the freezing of assets or preventive detention.

Under Spanish law, trials are held before a single judge (other than the one responsible for the pre-trial investigation) or a panel of several judges, depending on the severity of the penalty faced by the defendant. Jury trials are limited to a set number of specific offenses. Naturally, the need for expert counsel becomes even more important at the trial stage and is also essential in order to conduct possible appeals before higher courts, up to the Supreme Court or the Constitutional Court, which require a high degree of technical thoroughness that only practitioners specialized in this specific field of law can offer.

Finally, it should be pointed out that in recent times the requirements on companies regarding self-regulation have been steadily increasing, creating the need for legal services provided outside the context of criminal proceedings. On top of economic and reputational risks companies have traditionally faced when it came to criminal matters for which they could be civilly liable, companies are now faced with new sets of risks arising from the introduction of direct criminal liability of legal persons (introduced in Spanish Law in 2010). Consequently, law-abiding companies wishing to avoid or mitigate potential criminal responsibility may find it essential to retain the services of a white-collar crime lawyer to design and implement the required corporate compliance programs or to conduct internal investigations.

J. A. Díaz - Litigación Penal

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Those not acquainted with the peculiarities of Spanish criminal proceedings might be surprised by the existence of the private prosecution: the victim’s own right to bring charges. Thus, in Spain, Criminal Law practitioners not only offer defense counsel to the accused, but can also represent the victim in seeking civil damages ex delicto within the very same criminal proceedings, as well as requesting the imposition of criminal penalties on the defendant (even if contrary to the opinion of the public prosecutor).

The practice of Criminal Law can broadly be divided in two on the basis of the nature of the offenses that counsel is retained to deal with: on one hand non white-collar crime (e.g. theft, robbery, drug related offenses, hate crimes, assaults, sexual assaults, homicides, etc.) and on the other white-collar crime (e.g. fraud, bribery, embezzlement, insider trading, identity theft, money laundering, etc.). Not all Criminal Law lawyers offer counsel on non white-collar crime matters, usually due to their firm’s policy, particularly in firms with multiple areas of practice. Penalties under Spanish Criminal Law range from a fine to imprisonment and in cases of criminal corporate liability may even result in the judicial dissolution of the legal person.

For these reasons it is essential to obtain expert and specialized counsel from the very moment that criminal proceedings are directed against a suspect or conversely, a person is the victim of a crime. The pre-trial investigation phase is conducted by an examining magistrate who is ultimately responsible for ruling between the dismissal of the proceedings or moving forward to trial. Actions undertaken during this pre-trial investigation phase are of paramount importance to the client as they can be instrumental in the examining magistrate decision and affect the imposition of precautionary measures such as the freezing of assets or preventive detention.

Under Spanish law, trials are held before a single judge (other than the one responsible for the pre-trial investigation) or a panel of several judges, depending on the severity of the penalty faced by the defendant. Jury trials are limited to a set number of specific offenses. Naturally, the need for expert counsel becomes even more important at the trial stage and is also essential in order to conduct possible appeals before higher courts, up to the Supreme Court or the Constitutional Court, which require a high degree of technical thoroughness that only practitioners specialized in this specific field of law can offer.

Finally, it should be pointed out that in recent times the requirements on companies regarding self-regulation have been steadily increasing, creating the need for legal services provided outside the context of criminal proceedings. On top of economic and reputational risks companies have traditionally faced when it came to criminal matters for which they could be civilly liable, companies are now faced with new sets of risks arising from the introduction of direct criminal liability of legal persons (introduced in Spanish Law in 2010). Consequently, law-abiding companies wishing to avoid or mitigate potential criminal responsibility may find it essential to retain the services of a white-collar crime lawyer to design and implement the required corporate compliance programs or to conduct internal investigations.