With International expertise, our advocates are here to help you. If you’re seeking advice for extradition and mutual assistance, contact us on 01624 665522 for specialist guidance.
If you’re involved in an international crime, whether minor or major, the investigation can be intimidating and distressing. Foreign countries apply alternative methods for investigating crime and may enforce the law in ways that are completely different to what happens in your home country.
As soon as authorities contact you to discuss an investigation, it’s vital to seek trustworthy legal advice.
Extradition is a legal request made by a country or state to another jurisdiction. If a suspect has crossed borders before being arrested, they cannot be tried until they’re physically transported or extradited back to where the crime was committed.
The authorities in the country where the crime has been committed can apply to have the suspect returned for trial, prosecution or sentencing.
As a suspect in an international investigation, you may find that you’re up against complex laws crossing two or more jurisdictions. Extradition itself is a frightening experience and for most people, it’s reassuring to have expert legal representation throughout the experience.
Instances When Extradition May Not Be Granted
There are some circumstances when an extradition order may not be granted and these can lengthen the legal process, adding further uncertainties for you. Examples include:
- If you’ve previously been extradited
- The offence happened a long time ago
- Your age impacts whether you can be extradited
- If double jeopardy occurs – this means that authorities may not be able to extradite you for an offence or charge you’ve already been acquitted/convicted for
When one country requests cooperation from another country to investigate and prosecute criminal suspects, it’s a process known as mutual assistance. Cooperation can include requests for evidence and copies of documents relevant to the ongoing investigation.
Authorities can request information about:
- A person’s criminal history, including acquittals and convictions
- A breakdown of all assets and personal wealth
- Intelligence that could be part of an ongoing overseas investigation
- Driving licenses and vehicle ownership
If information about you is shared in a mutual assistance request, you may need legal representation in following discussions and interviews.
How Can Quinn Legal Help?
Our team has great experience in communicating with overseas officials and will persuasively defend your case. The service we offer is confidential and reliable as we understand the anguish that can be caused by international investigations.
In extradition circumstances, we recognise that you’ll need discrete and reliable legal guidance from start to finish. We can help you to understand the legal process involved and ensure that you’re treated fairly throughout the experience.
If you’re the subject of a mutual assistance request, we’ll liaise with authorities and officials to keep you up-to-date with the process. Our role is to explain why certain personal information is being investigated and fiercely defend you in any follow-up interviews.
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