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Criminal law refers to the set of legal regulations that control what constitutes a criminal and how the government can prosecute those who commit crimes. When a person fails to follow a specific criminal statute, he or she is committing a criminal conduct. Criminal law is a broad field of practise that encompasses all aspects of crime as a component. Every act or omission that violates an order that gets its authority from the legislative or from a political or religious authority with absolute power over state concerns is deemed a crime. Pakistan has a complex criminal code that, while archaic in some ways, tends to cover all facets of what constitutes a crime. To comprehend Pakistani criminal law, one must first comprehend the country’s sociocultural phenomena. When India was a colony and Pakistan was a part of it, the British Empire introduced much of the current criminal code in Pakistan. Even back then, much attention was taken to analyse social realities, and criminal legislation was attempted to be tailored to the colony’s cultural settings. This is why it was willingly embraced by both India and Pakistan following their independence from the British Empire. The colony’s Code of Criminal Procedure (V of 1898) is still mainly the specified criminal procedure followed by Pakistan’s courts. Similarly, the colony’s Penal Code (XLV of 1860) is still mainly followed in the form of the Pakistan Penal Code. The Supreme Court, as Pakistan’s highest court, has administrative control over the functioning of all criminal courts in the country. When a person is detained for committing a crime, he or she is subjected to a severe trial in the specified criminal court that has jurisdiction in the matter, following an inquiry that must be concluded within 14 days u/Sec. 173 of the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr PC). Under Article 10 of the Pakistani Constitution, a court must allow an alleged offender to appoint defence counsel of his or her choice prior to the start of the trial. Following then, the prosecution has the option to present any evidence it has against the suspected criminal. Within the legal restrictions, the alleged offender’s defence counsel is granted full access to cross-examine and object to the prosecution’s evidence. Despite the fact that prosecution is the state’s responsibility and must be carried out by state-appointed counsels, any person who has been wronged by the offence can select his or her own prosecution counsel in addition to the state counsels who are already obligated to prosecute. Following the conclusion of the prosecution’s case, the presiding Judge asked the alleged criminal a series of questions pursuant to Section 342 of the Criminal Procedure Code. These questions are critical because the presiding Judge offers the suspected criminal the opportunity to explain incriminating evidence against him or her. The accused is also given the opportunity to testify as his own witness. In addition, he or she is given the opportunity to submit documented evidence and witnesses in support of his or her case. The trial is over after the defence evidence is finished, and the Presiding Judge renders his decision. Acquittal or punishment could be the result of the verdict. Both the prosecution and the alleged offender have the right to appeal the trial court’s decision. The appeal is made to the trial court’s immediate superior court.
Hire Us as Your Criminal Lawyer
When a person breaks the law, whether it is religious or political, it is considered a crime. Different crimes have different punishments based on the intensity of crime. If a person gets arrested for committing any crime after an investigation – it has to complete in 14 days. SG Advocates, with the help of qualified foreign lawmen, is the best law firm that can handle your cases.
Criminal Law Services We Provide
Bank/Financial Institutions Fraud and Forgery
Misappropriation of funds
Dishonor of Cheques
Narcotics and Drugs violations
Criminal Breach of Trust
Our leadership team at the SG Advocates & Legal Consultants will determine which attorney can best represent you in handling your case. It may not be possible, or advantageous, to have one attorney handle all of your legal matters. One lawyer will be responsible for the overall progress of the case, but from time to time, another attorney may perform certain duties within the case itself. Please do not be concerned if your case is handled by a different attorney within our firm, as ‘your attorney’ will still be your attorney. This is merely another sign to you that we are doing our best to handle your case as professionally and efficiently as possible.
We understand the importance of communication and transparency between attorney and client. Although we would like to talk to you weekly by telephone, that would be neither practical nor productive. Legal matters have a way of stretching out over long periods of time. To you, it may often seem like ages have gone by without activity, however, in fact, much behind-the-scenes work is being completed so that on the day your matter is ready, nothing will be overlooked. In order to keep the cost of legal services down while maximizing communications, we will strive to keep you informed when anything important happens and to respond to your questions in a reasonable time. In addition, we will inform you when your presence is required, either in our office or in court.
Simply stated, you will receive superior service through careful consideration, confident counsel and unprecedented knowledge by the region’s top legal team that is both efficient and effective.
We are interested in your questions and we want you to ask them. Sometimes we are required to be out of the office, even for days at a time. When in the office, we meet with clients, complete research, review documents, or prepare contracts, briefs or pleadings. For the most efficient and quickest response please contact one of our legal assistants, as they have a working knowledge of all aspects of your case. If the assistant cannot answer your question, every attempt will be made get the answer for you, or arrange to have your attorney contact you as quickly as possible as we understand your concerns and issues. Above all, leave a message so we know your concern in advance. If you do that, we will always try to get an answer back to you even if your attorney is out of the office when you call.
Lawyers are paid under various fee arrangements.
On an hourly fee basis, fees are based on an hourly rate for services rendered. A detailed, itemized bill will be given to you showing all work done on your case. This explanation may come monthly or at the end of your case, whichever way you choose to be billed. Unless otherwise agreed, the hourly fee basis will be the presumed fee arrangement.
On a flat fee basis, your legal fee is a stated sum for agreed upon services. No accounting will be made.
On a contingency fee basis, your legal fees will be based on the amount of recovery we get for you; no recovery, no fee. You may have the option of choosing this plan in lieu of hourly charges. Not all cases qualify for the contingency basis; we will tell you if yours does. In either case, we will prepare for you an employment agreement setting forth the fee arrangement.
Other potential fees:
A pre-payment will often be required in order to begin to process your matter and you will be kept advised as to how that pre-payment is being used. Bills will be sent to you periodically showing your charges and payments.
Certain cases may have a minimum fee. This means that no hourly accounting will be made unless excess time is expended.
We try to keep legal fees as reasonable as possible. The amount of services required, however, is not fully within our control. We discuss with our client options for services and the benefits of services. Sometimes, however, services are directly related to an opposing party’s action or inaction. Please feel free to discuss fees with your lawyer.
In addition to legal fees, there are various expenses that must be paid to others in order to prepare your legal matter. For example, payments must be made to obtain necessary reports or copies of necessary documents, to employ court reporters to take depositions, to obtain licenses or permits from governmental authorities, to file suits in courts of law, in addition to other outside entities that are necessary to help your cause. Generally, the amounts of these charges will be in direct proportion to the complexity of the matter involved. The easier your matter is to solve, the less these costs will ordinarily be.
At the start of your legal matter, we will try to estimate for you the amount of out-of-pocket expenses which may be incurred on your behalf. We will discuss with you whether or when you will be required to reimburse us for these expenditures which are made on your behalf to further your legal cause.
A phone call to our office will direct you to the person who can best answer your question. Remember, no questions as to your rights, duties or obligations should go unanswered because you did not know which lawyer to call. Fees for these different matters will be charged in accordance with our regular practice.
From time to time, a potential conflict of interest may arise due to our representation of other clients or governmental bodies in the community. When this occurs, we will immediately withdraw from the matter, if it is already underway. You can be assured that at no time will we knowingly take part in a conflict of interest. If a potential conflict arises, we will fully disclose the facts to you, and remove ourselves from the matter and await further instructions concerning the transfer of your file to another attorney.
Certain legal matters require that monies be held “in trust” or “in escrow” for a client for weeks or months at a time. For example, a damage suit settlement may require us to hold the settlement proceeds “in escrow” until the settlement check had been cleared through normal banking procedures. We maintain a separate escrow account, and at no time is money from that account co-mingled with general funds. This is your money held in trust by your attorneys. Separate, detailed records are kept in connection with this account on your behalf.
All office visits are by appointment only. We encourage each of our clients to schedule meetings with us during regular business hours. From time to time you may request that we meet you in the evening if the matter cannot wait. While we do not encourage these “special visits,” we may arrange them where necessary. If we must meet with you in the evening, we must reserve the right to add a surcharge to our regular fee for the appointment. You will be advised, in advance, of the decision concerning the surcharge. Since “special visits” may be expensive, please avoid them wherever possible.
The best way to begin your case is to call SG Advocates & legal Consultant, to set up your consultation at (042) 37237003 or e-mail us at [email protected]
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