Domestic Criminal Law

Being detained, arrested or charged for a criminal offence has severe legal, financial, and emotional consequences for the individual charged with the crime, as well as his or her family and business. You may wonder about the consequences you face and how they might impact your future. Who can you trust? If you have been accused of a crime, or have learned that there is a pending investigation, it is critical to contact an experienced Criminal Defence Lawyer as soon as possible. We represent clients in criminal defence cases across the full spectrum of criminal law, throughout Turkey.

Have you been charged with a crime? Does a law enforcement officer, investigator or public prosecutor want to speak with you about a potential criminal matter? Before you speak to the police, the gendermeria or the public prosecutor, it is critical that you meet with a skilled, experienced criminal defense attorney – the quality of your legal defense is crucial to your future.

Facing criminal charges

Accusations of criminal conduct can upend your life, affecting everything from your finances to freedoms. If you are facing criminal charges, or you are under investigation, your legal situation is totally different than any other legal problem because it carries a potential jail sentence and/or criminal record which could be a part of your life forever.

When charged with an offence, an individual needs to know his or her rights, to know whether any rights were breached, how to resolve the situation in the best way and, if charged, how to a successful defence to that charge. 

Criminal Defence Lawyers

Bicak Legal is one of the top criminal law firms in Turkey. As a highly-regarded Criminal Law Firm, Our Criminal Defence Lawyers have been representing businesses and individuals accused of criminal activity for over 30 years. If you have been accused of or charged with a criminal offence, or if you have been wrongly convicted or excessively sentenced for a crime, we are here to help. We will scrutinise the evidence against you, advise on the appropriate plea and make you aware of the possible sentence. We offer expert advice, assistance and representation to those accused of or charged with criminal offences. We only defend.

We are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to advise and assist those in Police or Jandermeria Custody. We have vast experience with regard to the representation of those who appear before the Courts irrespective of the nature of the offence. We are able to offer advice not merely in relation to proceedings before the Court but also to those who have been wrongly convicted of a criminal offence. Our experienced Criminal Defence team Lawyers offer their services throughout Turkey, and we regularly represent clients at some of Turkey’s major Criminal Courts across Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya, Muğla & Izmir. We are able to help you wherever you are in Turkey.

The full spectrum of criminal law

We handle all types of criminal charges and offenses. We defend individuals and corporate entities in high stakes criminal trial and government investigations. Since we are trial attorneys, trial mentality informs our strategy even at the investigative stages. With this in mind, we focus on representing clients in criminal matters and major state criminal actions. We understand that the accusations levied against our clients can seem vague and complicated, but they should not be overly intimidating. Our criminal defense attorneys’ will help clients understand the government’s position while identifying methods to strengthen clients’ defense against aggressive prosecutors.

We represent clients in criminal defence cases across the full spectrum of criminal law, including:

Business Crime

The Criminal Solicitors at Bicak Legal have over 30 years of experience in defending clients facing allegations of business crime, including fraud, money laundering and corporate manslaughter. We represent every client with the same fierce commitment, using our renowned forensic skills to analyse the prosecution’s case and protect our clients.

Serious Crime

Bicak’s Criminal Law Advocates have built a formidable reputation across the legal profession and are noted for consistently achieving excellent results in serious crime cases.

We take great pride in our dedication and professionalism and are committed to achieving the best result possible for all of our clients. We will work tirelessly on your behalf, with an attention to detail and tenacity that is second to none, to ensure you have a strong and effective defence.


Becoming one of the most prosecuted offences in the criminal courts, fraud charges carry heavy sentences. Fraud is viewed very seriously in the internet age of phishing scams, online banking, emails, and social media. It is frightening to face, but our senior Criminal Lawyers are among Turkey’s most highly respected and experienced specialists in fraud cases. We have a proven track record of achieving exceptional results for over 30 years.

Corporate Fraud

Our expert Criminal Lawyers represent people charged with all kinds of corporate fraud. We will work closely with the MASAK and other enforcement agencies involved helping to minimise the impact to you and your business. Allegations of fraud can be extremely damaging to the reputations of both a company and an individual so it is vital that you respond quickly to any accusations and seek immediate legal advice to ensure the best chance of a successful outcome.

Sexual Offences

Being charged with a sex offence can be an extremely traumatic experience. The alleged incident may have occurred a long time ago, but the impacts of the accusations may last far into the future causing you and your family intense stress and pressure. You need expert advice from experienced sexual offence advocates who know how to respond to the charges and tell your story. Bicak Legal will be with you every step of the way.

Regulatory Defence

Bicak Legal Advocates have helped many individuals and companies facing regulatory investigations. Our Criminal Attorneys will help you navigate what is often a very complex area of law. We have an intricate understanding of how the government handles investigations and prosecutions, and bring that experience to bear in advising and defending our clients. We also understand that criminal investigation, whether as a witness or a target, are stressful proceedings with which most of our clients have had no prior experience. We will provide clear, concise advice every step of the way.

General Crime

We understand how serious the consequences of a conviction can be, and we’ll work tirelessly to help you throughout your case. Our main focus is to ensure your rights are protected, and that you receive the highest quality representation during this difficult time.

We can help you navigate the legal process, with excellent representation, clear advice and full support throughout. You will be treated with the utmost empathy, understanding and respect no matter what your situation.

Motoring Law

Our dedicated team of motoring offence lawyers provide expert guidance and high quality advice on your case and the possible outcomes, as well as putting together an effective defence strategy to represent you in court. We have helped hundreds of clients avoid disqualification and many of our cases have been dropped by the prosecution without coming to trial. When faced with prosecution over a driving offence, it is crucial that you seek the best criminal defence representation available to you.

Initial consultation

We encourage you to make an appointment for an initial consultation. You can either call one of our lawyers directly or e-mail us your contact details with a brief description of the nature of your enquiry. We will contact you shortly after receipt of your enquiry.

During your first meeting with one of our attorneys, we will:

  • Explain the charges you are facing,
  • Provide an honest assessment of what you can expect during the legal process
  • Explain your legal options

Remember that you can write to your defence attorney uncensored or call him or her at any time, if you have been taken into custody or have been arrested. If you are in need of a skilled and experienced Criminal advocate, the only sensible choice is Bicak Legal. Call our Criminal Advocates today on +90 (0)532 377 01 06.

Acting as your defence attorney

In the end, our strategy is simple: putting the client first will gain superior results. No attorney can ever promise a certain result, but our work ethic and expertise can certainly maximize our client’s chances of receiving a favorable outcome. When acting as your defence attorney, we will safeguard that everything to your credit will be put forward during the proceedings, and we are with you all the way;

  • We will help you determine how to respond to a charge or an indictment.
  • We will participate at the police questioning.
  • We will be given access to the police case material.
  • We can ask for investigative actions to be undertaken that can be used for solving the case.
  • We safeguard your civil rights in connection with the case.
  • We advise you on whether you should appeal against a decision.
  • Furthermore, we can help you put forward a claim against the state for as an example wrongful arrest, if you are acquitted in court, or if the prosecutor withdraw the charges. If on the contrary, you are sentenced to imprisonment, we can among other things help you have the place of imprisonment changed or apply for release.

Crimes regulated by the Turkish Penal Code may be listed as follows;

International Offences

Genocide, Offences against Humanity, Migrant Smuggling, Human Trafficking.

Offences Against the Person

Intentional Killing, Intentional Killing by Act of Ommission, Directing Suicide, Reckless Killing, Intentional Injury, Aggravated Injury on Account of its Consequences, Intentional Injury by Omission, Reckless Injury, Experimentation on Human Beings, Trading of Organs and Tissues, Torture, Aggravated Torture on Account of its Consequences, Torment, Abandonment, Failure in the Duty of Assistance or Notification, Illegal abortion, Miscarriage, Sterilization, Sexual Assault, Sexual abuse of children, Sexual Intercourse with those who have not achieved adulthood, Sexual Harassment, Blackmail, Force, Deprivation of Liberty, Prevention of Education and Training, Prevention of the Exercise of Political Rights, Prevention of the Exercise of Freedom of Belief, Thought and Conviction, Violation of the Immunity of Residence, Violation of the Freedom to Work and Labour, Preventing the Exercise of Trade Unions Rights, Unlawful Search, Preventing the Exercise of the Right to Petition, Discrimination, Disturbing an Individuals’ Peace and Harmony, Prevention of Communication, Insult, Violation of Confidentiality of Communication, Eavesdropping and Recording of Conversations between Persons, Violation of Privacy, Recording of Personal Data, Illegally Obtaining or Giving Data, Destruction of Data, Theft, Robbery, Damage to Property, Damaging Places of Worship and Cemeteries, Trespass, Abuse of Trust, Using a Bond Without Value, Theft by Deception, Enjoyment of Lost Property, Bankruptcy by Deception, Reckless Bankruptcy, Benefiting Without Payment, False Information about Companies or Co-operatives, Purchasing or Accepting Property Acquired through the Commission of an Offence.

Offences Against the Public

Intentionally Endangering Public Safety, Endangering Public Safety through Recklessness, Disseminating Radiation, Causing an Atomic Explosion, Possession or Exchange of Hazardous Substances Without Permission, Breach of Duty to Take Care or Look After a Person Suffering Mental Disorder, Disobedience of the Rules Relating to Construction or Demolition, Releasing Animals, Causing Risk, Failing to Place Signs or Barricades, Endangering Traffic Safety, Endangering Traffic Safety by Recklessness, Intentional Pollution of the Environment, Pollution of the Environment due to Recklessness, Causing Noise, Pollution Caused by Construction, Adding Toxic Substances, Trading of Medicine or Food which has Decomposed or Altered, Production or Sale of Medicine such as to Risk the Life and Health of Others, Production and Trade of Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances, Facilitating the Use of Narcotics or Psychotropic Substances, Purchase, Receipt or Possession of Narcotics or Psychotropic Substances for Personal Use, Production and Trading of Poisonous Substances, Supply of Substances Dangerous to Health, Acting Contrary to Measures to Contain Contagious Disease, Improper Burial, Counterfeiting Money, Counterfeiting Valuable Stamps, Counterfeiting a Seal, Counterfeiting Official Documents, Damage, Destruction or Concealment of an Official Document, Providing False Information in the Course of Issuing an Official Document, Counterfeiting Private Documents, Damage, Destruction or Concealment of a Private Document, Misuse of an Open Signature, Threat with the Intention of Causing Fear and Panic Among the Public, Provocation to Commit an Offence, Praising an Offence and Offender, Provoking the Public to Hatred, Hostility  or Degrading, Provocation to Disobey the Law, Abusing Religious Services in the Course of Duty, Establishing Organisations for the Purpose of Committing Crimes, Hijacking or Seizure of Transport Vehicles, Occupation of a Stationary Platform on Territorial Land or Industrial Zone, Indecent Acts, Obscenity, Prostitution, Providing an Environment, or the Means, for Gambling, Begging, Polygamy, Marriage by Deception and Religious Ceremonies, Altering the Lineage of a Child, Maltreatment, Breach of Obligations Derived from Family Law, Kidnapping and Detention of a Child, Fraud During a Tender, Fraud during the discharge of Contractual Obligations, Manipulation of the Price, Causing Shortage of Items Required by the Public, Disclosure of Confidential Documents or Information Relating to Commerce, Banking or Private Customers, Restriction of Supply of Goods and Services, Unlawful Money Lending, Accessing a Data Processing System, Preventing the Functioning of a System and Deletion, Alteration or Corrupting of Data, Misuse of Bank or Credit Cards.

Offences against Nation and State

Embezzlement, Extortion, Failure to Supervise, Bribery, Securing a Benefit for a Task outside the Scope of Authority, Excessive Use of Force, Misuse of Public Duty, Disclosure of Confidential Information in Respect of a Duty, Trading by a Public Officer, Abandonment or Non-performance of a Public Duty, Improper Disposal of Another’s Property, Improperly Undertaking Public Duty, Illegal Education Institution, Improper Use of Special Symbols and Uniforms, Prevention of Public Duty, Use of Public Vehicles or Materials in Public Service During the Commission of an Offence, Calumny, Using Another’s Identity Card or Information, Fabricating an Offence, Perjury, False Statements on Oath, False Statements by Expert Witness or Translator, Influencing Persons Charged with a Judicial Duty, Failure to Report an Offence, Failure by a Public Officer to Report an Offence, Failure by a Member of the Medical Profession to Report an Offence, Destruction, Concealing or Altering Evidence, Laundering of Assets Acquired from an Offence, Protecting an Offender, Failure to Inform Regarding an Arrested or Convicted Person or Evidence of an Offence, Breach of Confidentiality, Recording of Sound or Image, Genital Examination, Attempt to Influence a Fair trial, Misuse of Duty to Protect, Damage or Seizure of Officially Conferred Property, Entering a Prison or Detention Centre Impersonating Another, Escape of a Serving Prisoner or Person Under Arrest, Misuse of Duty by a Guard, Rebellion of Person under Arrest or Prisoner, Conveying Prohibited Items to a Prison or Place of Arrest, Preventing the Use of Rights and Feeding, Insulting the President of the Republic, Degrading the Symbols of State sovereignty, Degrading being a Turk, the Republic, the Organs and Institutions of the State, Disrupting the Unity and Integrity of the State, Alliance with the Enemy, Incitement to War against the State, Performing Activities Against the Fundamental National Interests for Benefit, Recruitment of Soldiers Against a Foreign State, Destruction of Military Facilities and Conspiracy which Benefits Enemy Military Movements, Material and Financial Aid to Enemy States, Violation of the Constitution, Assassination and Physical Attack of the President, Offence Against a Legislative Body, Offences against the Government, Armed Revolt Against the Government of Turkish Republic, Establishinh Armed Organisation, Supplying Arms, Agreement to Commit an Offence, Usurping Military Command, Discouraging People From Performing Military Service, Encouraging Soldiers to Disobey, Enlistment of Soldiers in Foreign Service, Disobeying Orders in a Time of War, Dissemination of False Information in Wartime, Failure in the Performance of a Duty During Mobilization, Acceptance of Title and Similar Awards from the Enemy, Desrtoying Documents Relating to State Security, Securing Information relating to State Security, Political or Military Espionage, Disclosure of Information Relating to the Security and Political Interests of the State, Disclosure of Information Which Must be Kept Confidential, International Espionage, Entering Military Zones, Exploitation of State Secrets and Disloyalty in Government Services, Securing Prohibited Information, Securing Prohibited information for Espionage, Disclosure of Prohibited Information, Disclosure of Prohibited Information for Political or Military Espionage, Espionage through Recklessness, Possession of Documents Concerning State Security, Offences Against the Head of a Foreign State, Offences Against the Flag of a Foreign State, Offences Against the Representative of a Foreign State.

Criminal defence lawyers on your side

By instructing Bicak Legal Attorneys your legal representatives, you will have an exceptional team of highly skilled criminal defence lawyers on your side. We will draw on our invaluable expertise and breadth of technical knowledge, to build a strong and robust defence strategy for you, tailored to the specific circumstances of your case.

Contact our Criminal Advocates today by calling +90 (0)532 377 01 06 or reporting it online.


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