Criminal Law updates in Spain

Spanish Alcohol Laws

What are the legal consequences of being caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Spain and what happens after being arrested? Especially when a criminal accusation could be made, there are certain details which are to be taken into account. Under Spanish alcohol laws, Criminal proceedings may follow in two cas... Read More

Penalties for Assault in Spain

It is interesting to learn about penalties for Assault in Spain, but in order to fully understand this Criminal Law figure, let's start at the beginning: What is assault in Spanish law? Under the Spanish Penal Code, the offence of assault is committed when anyone causes to another an injury that impairs their bodily integrity ... Read More

Types of Criminal Proceedings in Spain: Juicio Rápido and Procedimiento Abreviado

Juicios rápidos (fast trials) are proceedings that seek to accelerate the judicial process and work of the courts in certain types of criminal proceedings, in certain specific circumstances. Juicio Rápido A fast trial (juicio rápido) can be completed in only a few hours in special courts known as ‘Juzgados de Guardia’... Read More

Arrested in Spain

Giving a StatementHave you experienced the situation of being informed that your son/brother (or any other close relative) has been arrested in Spain?  This situation could be very distressing for different reasons:The main one, you do not understand the language.Your close relative / the person who contacts you in order to let... Read More

Alcohol Limit Spain

Driving under the influence of alcohol – or drugs and other toxic substances- has administrative consequences, and it could also constitute a criminal offence in certain cases.Alcohol Limit Spain: breathalyzer testIf the results obtained from the breathalyzer test exceed 0.25 milligrams per litre (0.15 for professional drivers... Read More

Extradition Spain

 It is possible to be arrested in Spain, not because of local problems with the Spanish justice system but due to requests from other countries. It is for example quite common for British nationals who have left the UK because of problems with the law to be arrested in Spain at the request of the British authorities. Additional... Read More

Drink Driving in Spain: Margins of Error in Breathalyser Tests

Punishments available to the CourtsArticle 379.2 of the Spanish Criminal Code states that anyone who drives a motor vehicle under the influence of toxic drugs, narcotics, psychotropic substances or alcoholic drinks shall be punished with a sentence of imprisonment for a period of between three to six months or with a fine for si... Read More

New Spanish Criminal Code

Although the new Spanish criminal code that is entering into force on July 1st  2015  dedicates most of its new Articles to internal issues, such as illegal financing of political parties, criminal actions during strikes and demonstrations,  or the imposition of life sentences for very serious crimes or terrorist attacks, som... Read More

Changes to Rules on Driving Licences in Spain

Since 2013, all European Union countries have issued a single driving licence that allows the bearer to drive in any European Union States, without the need to apply locally to obtain a new licence if they have changed their country of residence.However, as of January 2015, non-Spanish EU citizens resident in Spain ought to obta... Read More

Fines arising from Coronavirus Restrictions

Thousands of people in Spain have received fines as a result of contravening the laws in place as a result of the State of Emergency declared in Spain in order to contain the Coronavirus pandemic. Usually this is confirmed by tickets being handed-out by police in the streets. However, in legal terms, these are just propositions ... Read More