Criminal Cases in Thailand

If you have a criminal case in Thailand it is critically important that you have an experienced criminal defense attorney, trial lawyer/barrister with a track record of success who can speak English. Here’s a quote from one of our clients who started a serious criminal case with a non-English speaking Thai lawyer and later hired our firm: “I learned more about my case in 5 minutes with you than I leaned in 5 months with my other lawyer”

For a 5 month period this client had little to no understanding of what was happening to him, what kind of a job his lawyer was doing for him, had no ability to explain the particulars of his case to his lawyer, and no opportunity to participate in his own defense.

In criminal cases it is advisable to have a Thai Barrister (the highest level of lawyer certification and the only lawyers who are qualified to be Thai judges) who is an experienced trial lawyer.

Garn Tuntasatityanond & Associates is dedicated to representing foreigners in Thailand who have been accused of crimes and are looking for superior defense and vindication. Garn Tuntasatityanond & Associates also represents clients who are victims of crimes and who are seeking resolution.

We represent clients for All Types of Crimes

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Drugs
A drug case hinges on the quality of the evidences the police and prosecutor present to the court. It is our job to impeach the testimony of the police and police witnesses, and discredit the practices and protocols the police used in their investigation and when arresting you. Immediately after your arrest it is common to think your case is hopeless and there is no way to fight. We have a high ranking retired Royal Thai police officer on staff who possesses an in depth knowledge of proper police practices, protocols and investigative techniques. Our unique qualifications and perspective enables us to discredit and eliminate evidences in an effort to achieve a dismissal of the charges against you.

Fraud
Fraud Crimes are becoming more frequent in business and personal lives. Garn Tuntasatityanond & Associates have a vast knowledge in this area of the law with experience on both sides by helping prosecute those who have committed fraud against his  clients as well as defending individuals accused of fraud. Garn Tuntasatityanond & Associates are dedicated to the best possible resolution in these matters and is ready to discuss your particular case.

Embezzlement
Embezzlement is a type of fraud usually committed by employees and business associates. These crimes can have very severe conciseness to those accused of it. Garn Tuntasatityanond  & Associates specialize in all types of Embezzlement, Fraud and White Collar Crimes. We have defended many clients accused of these crimes and provide services that lead the way in prosecuting those who commit Embezzlement against our clients interests.

Money laundering
Money laundering is a crime that is becoming more, and more popular to prosecute by world wide governments looking for tax revenues. This crime can have serious results for those accused of it and Garn Tuntasatityanond ‘s clients are vigorously defended with all possible protections put in place to protect their assets and freedom.

Extradition
Extradition is a serious matter and those accused of crimes in other countries must have an experienced lawyer in their corner to fight for their freedom. The legal processes required in extraditions are lengthy and have many stages that can be used to delay or end the process altogether. Garn Tuntasatityanond  is experienced in extraditions and ready to consult with you on your case.

Sex crimes
Sex crimes are a very serious matter and those accused of this crime need the best possible lawyer in their corner. Garn Tuntasatityanond & Associates defends clients aggressively against all accusations, and mount a vigorous defense with the sole objective of a complete dismissal of all charges.

Theft, burglary, larceny, shoplifting, murder, attempted murder, etc.

The Police
The job of the police is to build a case against you when they think you have broken the law. It’s not their job to help you. Do not be naïve and think that you can work with the police without a lawyer. Too often when foreigners are in trouble in Thailand they prefer to trust their wife, girlfriend, their friends, their wife’s friend of a friend of a friend who knows someone who can help. Direct negotiations with the police without a lawyer subject you to information extraction techniques and methods that are unknown to you. It is the job of the police to extract information to use against you, it is very easy to unknowingly provide information that will cement their case against you.

Our firm handles communications with the police in criminal matters on behalf of our clients. You should never attempt to communicate with the police either on your own or with a friend or relative. This will expose you and/or your friend/relative to further arrest and/or clever trickery designed to build a stronger case against you.  Serious and irreversible problems can occur should you attempt to deal with police on your own. As in your home country, you should never talk with the police without legal counsel. Never answer police questions. In Thailand, you have the right to remain silent.

The Prosecutor
It is the prosecutor’s job to use the case/evidence supplied by the police to convict you in a court of law. The prosecutor has great authority and can ask the police to investigate further.  The prosecutor and the police will prepare and protect the witnesses against you. The written law states the prosecutor must prove the case against you beyond a reasonable doubt. In reality, your legal team must demonstrate your innocence by discrediting all evidences and witnesses brought by the police and prosecutor.

The Court 
The police and prosecutor have great power and resources to build and present a convincing case against you. All cases in Thailand start with an accusation. Police and prosecution build their cases to support the accusation. Your case will be decided by a judge, not a jury. In theory up to three judges can be involved with deciding your case. In practice, one judge will decide your case. The judge is the only person involved in your case who is alleged to be fair and impartial. It is unwise to assume this is the case.  While the written law may state the police and prosecution must prove that you committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt, the reality is that you will need to prove your innocence. Your lawyers must destroy the primary evidences and testimonies of the case presented by the police and prosecution. This requires an enormous amount of preparation. Regarding defense witnesses and evidences: Thai judges give very little, if any, weight or consideration to defendant’s witnesses and evidences.

Preparation, research and investigation, and a talented trial lawyer are part of a winning strategy in a criminal trial. Preparation is critical. It’s like studying for a test. If you don’t study you will surely fail. If you put the time in and study hard you will pass. Without tedious preparation the chances of success are quite low. You must understand that your defense attorney can only do his best work for you when you have the resources to provide compensation for the time necessary to effectively prepare.

  • Arson
  • ATM Fraud
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Bribery
  • Burglary
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Pornography
  • Computer Crime
  • Controlled Substances
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Criminal Defense
  • Drug Crime
  • DUI
  • DWI
  • Embezzlement
  • Felonies
  • Fraud
  • Homicide
  • Identity Theft
  • Juvenile Crime
  • Manslaughter
  • Money Laundering
  • Murder
  • Narcotics
  • Perjury
  • Prostitution
  • Rape