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Criminal Law

Criminal Law

In criminal acts occurring within Cyprus, the applicable punishment and the legal procedure applicable is governed by Criminal Law Articles 154 (Criminal Law) and Article 155 (Law of Criminal Procedure). The body of law that protects the fundamental rights and freedoms of persons is our constitution. As is the case around the world, in our country, Criminal Law is developed and applied to both protect the best interest of society as well as to rehabilitate the criminals. Article 154 is broadly divided into two categories: misconducts and felonies. Our experts specializing on misconduct provide legal consulting and representation in all cases involving items spelled out in Article 154. Additionally, our attorneys specializing in felony and aggravated felony cases, provide legal support to both local and international clients for the best results in legal proceedings. As Gürkan & Gürkan Advocates and Legal Advisers, some of our services in the field of criminal law are:

  • Defense in traffic violations
  • Representation in court for defense and bail, following the commencement of police investigation
  • Representation in court for the bail hearing, during the period between the conclusion of police investigation and the commencement of court proceedings and legal consulting services during the process
  • Application for the amendment to the bail terms
  • Representation in criminal court for defense and legal presence
  • Representation in cases falling under the jurisdiction of the aggregated felony court
  • Appeals submissions to the high court and defense services during the procedures
  • Application for the erasure of criminal records
  • What is the procedure applicable in traffic accidents? Upon the acceptance of the felony court, located within the jurisdiction where the accident has occurred, of the accusations against the defendant, the prosecutor’s office will present the evidence to the court. The defendant, on the other hand, presents through his or her attorney, the extenuating circumstances related to the accident. Considering all of these factors, the court may rule for the imprisonment of the defendant for a specific period of time, a monetary fine, or both. In addition to these punishments, as stated above, the court may also decide for the revocation of the defendant’s driver’s license for a limited or unlimited period of time.
  • What is the punishment for causing death in a traffic accident? If the actions of party causing the accident result in the death of a person, a crime will have been committed; upon conviction, a maximum monetary fine of 5,000,000 TL (five million Turkish Lira) or a jail sentence of up to seven years or both may apply. In cases of the committing of such a crime, the involved driver, in addition to the aforementioned fine and sentence, may also be barred from carrying a driver’s license for a limited or unlimited period of time.
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