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Criminal law

Walter Van Steenbrugge and Christine Mussche managed to build a strong reputation together as criminal lawyers. Their complementary approach influences the work of the team of lawyers that populate the punishment cell. In their assistance to both victims and perpetrators, these lawyers take the utmost care.

The team of lawyers around partners Walter Van Steenbrugge and Christine Mussche defends perpetrators and victims and/or their relatives with an open mind. To their legal knowledge they add the benefit of other areas of expertise, including neurology, psychiatry, psychology and sociology, and they work together with traffic experts, toxicologists, medical specialists and accountants.

To clear away one preconception right at the start, this unit does not only deal with murder cases before the criminal court in which life imprisonment is at stake: our firm is just as passionate about defending those accused of traffic offences before the police court. Because even in those circumstances, the impact on your personal, professional or financial life can be huge. Don’t forget that you may be entitled to a free lawyer of your choice.

You can contact us if you are a suspect or victim of, among other things:

  • Indecent assault
  • Extortion
  • harassment
  • Arson
  • Theft and Healing
  • drug facts
  • Organized Crime
  • Human trafficking
  • Misuse of corporate assets
  • Murder and manslaughter
  • Fornication and prostitution
  • Scams and Abuse of Trust
  • Intentional and unintentional blows or injuries
  • Private and public bribery
  • Breach of professional secrecy
  • Traffic violations
  • Rape
  • Forgery and use of false documents
  • money laundering

What’s more, cases don’t always relate to offences in the conventional categories; anyone can come up against areas of specialised criminal law such as:

  • Social criminal law
  • Criminal TAX law
  • Environmental criminal law
  • Urban planning violations
  • Bankruptcy Crimes
  • Corporate criminal law

Do not wait to long

It can make all the difference if you are assisted in time by legal counsel, whether you are a victim or perpetrator. This is already possible for simple strategic advice without the associated legal procedure. In Belgium, the right to assistance during or prior to an interrogation also applies, and we notice in practice how much that is worth. We assist you in the criminal investigation or if you are summoned for an interrogation by the police or the investigating judge. We can mediate for you with the perpetrator or victim, or request an amicable settlement from the Public Prosecution Service. After the legal proceedings, we are at your side in the execution of your sentence or if you, as a victim, want to make your voice heard before the sentence enforcement court. Finally, we can also use our expertise in disciplinary proceedings, which are sometimes the result of criminal proceedings. We act throughout Belgium and abroad before the Police Courts, the Correctional Courts, the Courts of Appeal and the Courts of Assize. At the highest national level, we conduct the proceedings before the Court of Cassation and the Constitutional Court. Our office has several lawyers who have the required certificate to conduct criminal proceedings before the Court of Cassation. At an international level, we defend your interests before the European Court of Human Rights.

We have special expertise in:

Cassation in criminal cases: several lawyers with the required certificates, a more than thorough analysis ..., our results do not lie.

Advice to lawyers: our specialists regularly assist colleagues.

– Investigations and procedures.

Legal counsel.

The emphasis is always on respect for fundamental human rights. It is fought with style, but hard. Criminal law revolves around people and their lives, from the smallest traffic offense to the most serious assize case. Whether you are an individual or an entrepreneur.

Our fight to uphold human rights can take various different forms.

Read more about the “Human Right Unltd: the Fried van Hoof aWard”.

Read more about the convictions of the Belgian state for the treatment of internees.

Read more about it file Chalice and the efforts for victims of clergy child abuse.


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