Arrests & Charges in Spain

Learn how to initiate a criminal process in Spain, what are the different types of criminal proceedings before Spanish courts, and the rules that govern detention and arrest of suspects.

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The Jury in Spain

Only certain crimes such as breach of confidence by civil servants, crimes against the environment are tried before a Jury. Which cases does the jury try in Spain? What are the legal requirements to become a jury member in Spain? What is the jury selection process?

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Criminal court procedures in Spain

In Spain There are different types of criminal procedures, criminal cases shall be conducted to trial attending to the category of criminal or antisocial behavior and to the severity of the misdemeanors or felonies committed.

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The European Arrest Warrant in Spain

The European Arrest Warrant was created to ensure that an order for arrest issued by a court in one Member State could be directly enforced by a judge of another Member State. This article and video explains how EAWs are processed in Spain by the Central Investigation Courts at Madrid.

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Extradition in Spain

Extradition is the official process whereby one nation or state surrenders a suspected or convicted criminal to another nation or state. Learn how extradition cases are processed by the Spanish National Court (Audiencia Nacional).

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Motoring serious offences in Spain

The prosecution of serious motoring offences in Spain is made through the Spanish criminal courts. Minor motoring offences are considered administrative infractions in Spain that are governed under administrative rules which have nothing to do with the criminal system.

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Criminal Penalties in Spain

Under the Spanish judicial system, if a person is charged with any offence, he/she has to stand trial. This means he/she hast to appear in court before a judge, in some specific cases before a jury. If the accused is found guilty, the judge will pass sentence. Depending on the seriousness of the offence, punishments range from life imprisonment, imposition of a fine, deprivation of certain rights, and a range of other measures.

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