Criminal Defence Lawyers in Italy

Giambrone & Partners criminal defence lawyers  that can assist individuals in the UK if they have been arrested in Italy or are a  victim of assault in Italy.  

Giambrone has a team of experienced Italian criminal lawyers representing foreign nationals across Italy. Our on-the-ground Arabic, English, German and Spanish speaking lawyers are readily available to offer immediate assistance to non-Italian speakers at their time of distress. In Italy, it is not unusual to resolve a matter by negotiation with the relevant authorities in order to keep the matter out of court. We use our breadth of experience to reduce the seriousness of charges brought against clients who are at their most vulnerable in a foreign country.

In Italy, the criminal procedure is enquisitory, meaning the judge is involved in cross-examining the witnesses and gathering evidence as contrasted with the contentious or accusatory procedure in England and Wales where the judge is neutral and the prosecution and defence lawyers put forward the arguments for and against the defendant and a jury decides the outcome. In line with most continental countries, an investigating magistrate conducts an impartial judicial enquiry, as judicial officer, he is endowed with wide powers of arrest, preventive detention, search and seizure, etc., to aid him in his investigations. The results of his investigations, embodied in written documents, have a profound influence at the trial. The trial procedure, too, is essentially enquisitory in Italy.

Although the prosecutor and defines counsel are on hand to protect the interests of the client they represent, they do not dominate the trial as they do in the United Kingdom.  An Italian criminal trial is actually conducted by the presiding judge, who does most of the questioning. His duty is similar to that of the investigating magistrate; he must ascertain the real, facts in every case. He examines the witnesses, the experts, the accused, and does whatever is necessary to clear up the criminal charge.

Giambrone’s criminal lawyers have represented clients at trial in a multitude of cases, including:

  • manslaughter and serious sexual offences
  • drug trafficking
  • medical malpractice
  • illegal immigration
  • serious road traffic offences

Sky News, BBC Live and Reuters approached Giambrone for their views at the time of the Amanda Knox murder trial and subsequent appeals.

Most people, should they come under the scrutiny of the police, believe that if they haven’t committed a crime and have done nothing wrong, that they will not go to prison. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Facts can often be ambiguous and equivocal. If you are suspected of a crime, whether you are innocent or guilty, you need to contact a criminal defence attorney for help as quickly as possible, particularly if you are overseas, you will need to access legal assistance from lawyers qualified in the jurisdiction of  the country in which you are suspected of a crime.  Most importantly your lawyer must also speak your language to ensure that you are properly informed and fully understand what is happening.

Our Italian Criminal Defence Department is ready to help you by providing both expert legal advice and specialist criminal defence services.

You do not have to proceed with a police interview or submit any other police procedures without representation of a lawyer. We offer:

  • advice and assistance on criminal proceeding
  • legal aid during questioning at the police station
  • full legal representation at all court levels

All of our experienced lawyers aim to protect the rights of the suspect.

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