Criminal Defense

We understand that being charged with a crime can be a stressful experience, especially in Ukraine, where the criminal justice system is notorious.  A criminal conviction can cause serious and sometimes irreparable harm.  Aside from the possibility of fines, probation or incarceration, a criminal conviction can profoundly damage your reputation, your career and even your social life. 

In criminal cases involving economic crimes (financial fraud and other forms of white collar crime), the very existence of a company’s operations in Ukraine can be put in question.  A criminal investigation by a law enforcement agency (including the tax police) can be quite a disruptive experience, one that will cause anxiety and fear for the staff and paralysis of your company’s operations.  What are the implications of criminal investigations or charges for the company and its staff (particularly, the director)?  What might happen to your employees, their freedom, your company’s reputation?  What are your chances of a favorable outcome and, most importantly, who do you turn to for help?

At the same time, the Ukrainian criminal justice system can be best described as cold and indifferent, with laws, protocol, and procedures that you don't fully understand.  The prosecutor, judge, and other court personnel may have little understanding of you, your background, or your side of the story.

That is why you need an experienced and skilled attorney, acting as your advocate throughout the criminal justice process, ensuring that your rights are protected both in and out of the courtroom, and that you receive fair treatment.  When it comes to criminal defense, you will want a licensed advocate with an extensive police background, who has the knowledge, legal ability, and determination to help you obtain the best results, regardless of any accusations against you or your company.

If your company or any of its employees have been accused of crime, our legal advice is: call us immediately.  We will help you avoid or minimize the harsh consequences of potential prison time, heavy fines, probation, and a future with a criminal conviction on your record.

Turn To A Former Police Officer Who Will Prioritize Your Case

Mr. Goraschenkov is one of the best criminal defense lawyers in Kiev.  As the former Head of the Criminal Investigation Department of the City of Kiev and a licensed Ukrainian advocate, he handled numerous felony matters in both capacities.  As a former colonel in the Kyiv police department, he knows how the "other side" operates, with more than 25 years of criminal law experience.  Mr. Goraschenkov has in-depth knowledge of how Ukrainian police investigators and prosecutors operate and how their cases can be broken down.

In the past, Mr. Goraschenkov also served as counsel for the Administration of the President of Ukraine.  Due to his unique background, Mr. Goraschenkov is familiar with Ukraine’s administrative and justice systems, such as the Ukrainian courts, the police methodology and the prosecutors likely to be working on your case.  As a result, he knows exactly what to expect from the Ukrainian authorities, and how to deal with them in the most efficient manner.

Since Mr. Goraschenkov is the former Head of the Criminal Investigation Department of the City of Kiev, with the rank of colonel, his tenure with the Kiev police department has allowed him to build the solid relationships and reputation that could make a crucial difference for you whenever negotiation is the best path. 

Custom Tailored Defense

Facing life-altering penalties, regardless of the specific charge involved, is an experience of tremendous turbulence and chaos, especially when you are navigating in the shark-infested waters of the Ukrainian criminal justice system.  For that reason, if you or your company has been accused of a crime, it is vital to have an experienced Ukrainian criminal defense attorney on your side that can prepare a custom tailored defense for any client.

We firmly believe that every case is unique and deserves considerate individual attention.  Our criminal lawyers will analyze your entire case and work with you to assess what is important to you. We then create a custom plan of action specifically tailored to your unique circumstances to achieve that goal.

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