Controlled Substances Criminal Law
Controlled substances criminal law is a special areas in the controlled substances law (Betäubungsmittelgesetz, BtMG). It requires exact knowledge of the comprehensive case histories and case law as well as knowledge regarding the type and effect of the controlled substances. As a general rule , BtMG proceedings are marked by complicated procedural questions because the litigation is often preceded by tedious investigations with the implementation of all conceivable investigation methods (investigation by special departments for combating organized crime, phone tapping, stakeouts, undercover agents and informants and cross-border investigations, state witness and witness protection). Extreme penalties are threatened and the area of criminal conduct is broadly extended and includes actions which would, within the framework of other offense elements, be evaluated to be merely an attempt or a non-criminally penalized preparation of a crime. In addition to the classic defense work, clients often require additional support when imprisoned pending trial for whom, if applicable, a strategy for addiction control must be developed.