Criminal law

Whether you are involved as a defendant or a victim, the criminal defense lawyers at Prakken d'Oliveira understand that for you, a criminal case is always much more than just another case. You are unwillingly involved in a criminal procedure and that has great consequences for you, your loved ones and your business. At the same time, you may have an important message that you want to bring to the attention of the judge and society as a whole. A criminal case can provide a platform that can be used to address broader issues.

Whether you want to conclude the case with as little publicity and negative consequences as possible, or seize the opportunity to get your message across, the criminal defense lawyers at Prakken d'Oliveira will help you determine the right strategy.

International criminal law
Prakken d'Oliveira is one of the few firms in Europe that focuses on international criminal law. Our lawyers are proficient in all aspects of this highly specialized field. In recent years our firm has been involved in almost all of the major political extradition cases, as well as the cases relating to terrorism, piracy, genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Moreover, we are active at all major international criminal tribunals, from The Hague in the Netherlands to Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

Civil disobedience
Since the beginning, Prakken d'Oliveira has been involved in civil disobedience cases. We support clients in cases relating to e.g. demonstrations, occupations and animal liberation actions by offering advise about the risks beforehand, and if necessary, by conducting the defense afterwards.  We are not afraid to bring your message into the spotlight, both in the courtroom and beyond.

Financial and economic cases
We also represent companies and managers in financial and economic cases, where discretion is of the essence. Regulations in this field are continuously changing and ethical conduct is subject to increased scrutiny, partly due to major fraud cases in recent years. Our cases include classic 'money laundering' and major fraud cases, but also specialized economic legislation such as the Commodities Act, the Medicines Act and financial criminal law in the broadest sense.

Conventional cases
Prakken d'Oliveira's criminal defense lawyers can also represent you in 'classical' cases ranging from traffic violations to complex drugs-related cases.

We believe it is important that you receive help from your first contact with the justice system until the end of your case. Therefore, we can not only represent you in the various national procedures, including cassation appeals before the Supreme Court but are also specialized in conducting international procedures at the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.


You can contact the Prakken d'Oliveira Criminal law section via the contact form below. Please provide a brief description of your question. We will do our best to respond as soon as possible. Needless to say you can also contact us by telephone: (+31) (0)20 – 344 6200.

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