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Fines arising from Coronavirus Restrictions

Thousands of people in Spain have received fines as a result of contravening the laws in place as a result of the State of Emergency declared in Spain in order to contain the Coronavirus pandemic. Usually this is confirmed by tickets being handed-out by police in the streets.

However, in legal terms, these are just propositions of fines that will have to be processed formally by the Spanish Government, within 12 months from the day that the fine took place. An appeal can therefore be successful if the Government fails to process the fine – including any appeal against it – within that time-frame.

Apeal fines arising from Coronavirus Restrictions

In order to begin an appeal it is necessary for confirmation of the fine to arrive at the residence of the person fined, in the normal way. Once this happens, we would strongly recommend anyone who has received such a fine to contact Advocate Abroad with a view to appealing the fine. Full details of the process and how such fines may be successfully appealed are available upon request.

You may be interested in the following services...

Client testimonials

"We had a legal problem in Spain and the allocated solicitor, Consuelo, helped us solve the issue. Right from the beginning she was extremely professional and understanding of our needs. It was obvious that she knew exactly what was required.

We felt completely at ease and presented very knowledgeable in respect of legal procedures. I would highly recommend the Advocate Abroad service to anyone in a tight spot in need of legal help.

In terms of what could have been improved, maybe time from initial phone call requesting service to client contact could be a bit quicker, but that's the only thing."

Mark Underhill (Sep 29, 2020)

General Criminal Law

Available in the following locations: .

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

Location
Support services

1Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.
Client testimonials

"Very good. Made me feel very comfortable in a difficult situation and helped me resolve the issue in a calm, efficient and cost effective manner. Highly recommended."

Nicholas Lee (Feb 15, 2019)

Assault Charges

Available in the following locations: .

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

Location

1Who is this Service for?

Being accused with carrying-out an assault can result in a range of offences -from relatively minor charges to the most serious on the country’s statute books.

In any case, the presence of an experienced criminal lawyer, who speaks your language, can be absolutely vital in determining the severity of any sentence or indeed receiving an acquittal

2What does this service consist of?

  • Discussion with an experienced English-speaking lawyer to determine the nature of the charges
  • The lawyer will develop a defence strategy based on the facts of the case and the circumstances
  • Representation in local courts and advice throughout the trial

 

Support services

3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.
Client testimonials

"We had a legal problem in Spain and the allocated solicitor, Consuelo, helped us solve the issue. Right from the beginning she was extremely professional and understanding of our needs. It was obvious that she knew exactly what was required.

We felt completely at ease and presented very knowledgeable in respect of legal procedures. I would highly recommend the Advocate Abroad service to anyone in a tight spot in need of legal help.

In terms of what could have been improved, maybe time from initial phone call requesting service to client contact could be a bit quicker, but that's the only thing."

Mark Underhill (Sep 29, 2020)

Criminal Damage Charges

Available in the following locations: .

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

Location

1Who is this Service for?

A common offence among young people can be the possession of drugs.

Such legal convictions can impact later life opportunities and it is important to deal with them with the appropriate level of seriousness.

More serious offences involving the production and/or trafficking of prescribed drugs can result in the deprivation of liberty for considerable periods of time in a remote country, without local language abilities.

Representation by an experienced criminal defence lawyer is absolutely vital to obtain the best result possible.

2What does this service consist of?

  • Discussion with an experienced English-speaking lawyer to determine the nature of the charges
  • The lawyer will develop a defence strategy based on the facts of the case and the circumstances
  • Representation in local courts and advice throughout the trial
Support services

3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.
Client testimonials

"Rosa was very helpful and explained everything to us . We would have been in a terrible state if it hadn’t been for Rosa , Rosa always answered our inquiries very efficiently and quickly. We would highly recommend Rosa"

Karen Mcclelland (Dec 15, 2020)

Drink Driving Offences

Available in the following locations: .

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

Location

1Who is this service for?

Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs normally will constitute an administrative infraction, though in certain cases may result in criminal charges.

The penalties range from fines to confiscation of your driving license to a prison term or community service.

2Types of Offence

Administrative Offence

If the results obtained from the breathalyser test exceed 0.25 milligrams per litre (0.15 for professional drivers and drivers with less than two year's driving experience), the driver will receive a €500 fine.

Should the test register an amount above 0.5 milligrams (0.3 for professionals and inexperienced drivers) or if the driver has been fined for the same reason in the previous 12 months, the fine doubles to €1,000. The driver will also lose their driving license for a specified period of time.

Criminal Offence

Criminal charges for driving while under the influence of alcohol in Spain will be pressed against any driver with a blood-alcohol level in excess of 0.60 milligrams per litre, as measured in a breathalyser test. A criminal offence may also be committed if the driver’s faculties are clearly affected by the ingestion of alcohol or drugs affecting the driver's ability to drive - even where the measured rate is below 0.60 milligrams per litre, or indeed if the driver refuses to take a breathalyser test.

Penalties

The penalties will depend upon the circumstances of the case, if anyone was injured or killed, if damage was done to property, if it is not a first offence etc

There will certainly be a fine and removal of your driving license as well, potentially, as a community service order or a prison term. You will also have a criminal record.

Important Advice!

Do not refuse to take a breathalyser test. To do so is an independent criminal offence, for which you will be charged, in addition to the prior offence of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

3What does this service consist of?

  • Discussion with an experienced English-speaking criminal lawyer to determine the nature of the charges
  • Preparation of the defence strategy
  • Negotiation with the public prosecutor
  • Representation in court proceedings

4Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.
Support services
Client testimonials

"I was extremely happy with Rafael during my case. He always responded promptly to any questions I had. I found both his spoken and written English to be excellent, even with complex legal matters.

He explained any query I had very well and if there was anything I was unsure of he explained thoroughly. I was extremely impressed with the level of professionalism throughout the process together. I would highly recommend Rafael to anyone needing a lawyer in Spain. It was a pleasure to work with him. "

Robert Melvin (Dec 08, 2019)

Drugs Offences

Available in the following locations: .

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

Location

1Who is this Service for?

A common offence among young people abroad is to be charged with possession - or the more serious offence of 'trafficking' - of drugs.

Such legal convictions can impact later life opportunities and it is important to deal with them with the appropriate level of seriousness.

More serious offences involving the production and/or trafficking of prescribed drugs can result in the deprivation of liberty for considerable periods of time in a remote country, without local language abilities.

Representation by an experienced criminal defence lawyer is absolutely vital to obtain the best result possible.

2What does this service consist of?

  • Discussion with an experienced English-speaking lawyer to determine the nature of the charges
  • The lawyer will develop a defence strategy based on the facts of the case and the circumstances
  • Representation in local courts and advice throughout the trial

 

Support services

3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.
Client testimonials

"I found him helpful and friendly. If I asked a question he responded immediately, so a great service.

The first contact as well with reception was good with the lady I spoke with being friendly and polite seemed as though she couldn't do enough to help me"

Steve Bancroft (Apr 28, 2022)

Extradition

Available in the following locations: .

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

Location

1Who is this Service for?

Anyone may be detained pursuant to a warrant for their arrest issued by another country – most commonly in Europe under the auspices of the European Arrest Warrant.

A successful defence can arise where the specific offence does not existing in the country where the individual is detained.

Success can therefore require close collaboration between lawyers in both states.

2What does this service consist of?

  • Discussion with an experienced English-speaking lawyer to determine the nature of the charges
  • Development of your defence, including conferring with colleagues in the country seeking extradition, to determine if the offence charged is valid
  • Assessment of compliance of all regulations to determine if the authorities have complied
Support services

3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.
Client testimonials

"Speedy response. Very approachable."

Vicky Bailey (Jun 14, 2020)

Fraud or Theft Charges

Available in the following locations: .

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

Location

1Who is this service for?

Depending on the amount of money involved, and the impact on any victims, this offence can attract a wide range of potential sentences, ranging from fines to long terms of imprisonment.

A lawyer who can understand you and your role – if any – in the events that you are accused of undertaking is crucial to ensuring the best possible defence.

2What does this service consist of?

  • Discussion with an experienced English-speaking lawyer to determine the nature of the charges
  • The lawyer will develop a defence strategy based on the facts of the case and the circumstances
  • Representation in local courts and advice throughout the trial
Support services

3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.
Client testimonials

"Francisca was extremely helpful. We especially appreciated the clarity and sensitivity to our situation."

Val (Jan 08, 2019)

Road Traffic Offences

Available in the following locations: .

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

Location

1Who is this Service for?

One of the most common situations for English-speakers abroad is being stopped by the police for some type of infraction of the rules of the road.

Such offences range from speeding to death by dangerous driving, so the sentences that can result are equally varied.

Most important is having a lawyer who understands you and who will know how to mitigate any sentence that may be levied.

2What does this service consist of?

  • Discussion with an experienced English-speaking lawyer to determine the nature of the charges
  • Preparation of the defence/negotiation with the prosecutors
  • Representation in court – where required
Support services

3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.
Client testimonials

"Rosa was very helpful and explained everything to us . We would have been in a terrible state if it hadn’t been for Rosa , Rosa always answered our inquiries very efficiently and quickly. We would highly recommend Rosa"

Karen Mcclelland (Dec 15, 2020)

Smuggling Offences

Available in the following locations: .

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

Location

1Who is this Service for?

A common offence in Europe is that of smuggling.

The authorities are of course more and more keen to police national borders - especially as a result of the recent refugee crisis.

Accordingly those who either are not aware of allowances relating to tobacco alcohol, or who flout the rules regardless, or who are in possession of more illicit contraband, will be increasingly subject to stop and search, with predictable results.

2What does this service consist of?

  • Discussion with an experienced English-speaking lawyer to determine the nature of the charges
  • The lawyer will develop a defence strategy based on the facts of the case and the circumstances
  • Representation in local courts and advice throughout the trial
Support services

3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

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