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Thailand Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you or a family member has been arrested or incarcerated within Thailand, a qualified law firm is an important step to regaining freedom and peace of mind.

The Thailand Criminal Law System has both similarities and differences with the criminal law systems of other countries. In general the Thailand police have a certain degree of discretionary power to make arrests.  However in recent years amended constitutional provisions have provided for judicial review of detention and searches made by the Thai police.

The Thai penal code enumerates a number of criminal offenses which may result in arrest and imprisonment in Thailand.  In addition to the Thai penal code there are separate acts and laws which also provide for criminal penalties.

Normally a criminal case begins with an investigation by the police, investigators from an administrative section of the Thai government or private investigators. Once enough evidence is established to file a criminal case, bail may be requested.  Bail amounts and conditions may be different for foreigners than for Thais.

Thailand does not have jury trails. In a normal criminal trial in Thailand three judges are typically present. Orders of detention are viewed on a periodic basis when a defendant is in the pre-trial custody phase.

Some foreigners in Thailand find themselves having difficulty with the law for a variety of offenses including theft, assault, murder or business offenses, such as fraud and violations of various administrative acts and regulations. Additionally many foreigners are also arrested for drug offenses, visa overstays and visa fraud.  Our firm handles most criminal offenses and we have experienced trial lawyers, fluent in English, and battle hardened court room veterans. Additionally our staff includes an American lawyer who is an expert in issues of international criminal law and matters of extradition.