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Compensation for innocent prisoners

Applications under the Criminal Law Compensation Act (StrEG) Accused persons whose proceedings have been discontinued or who have been acquitted by a court can apply for compensation for criminal prosecutions that have taken place. The...

Applications under the Criminal Law Compensation Act (StrEG)

Accused persons whose proceedings have been discontinued or who have been acquitted by a court can apply for compensation for criminal prosecutions that have taken place. The same applies to convicts who have been acquitted in a retrial.
Claims for compensation can be considered for criminal prosecution measures such as (pre-trial) detention, (temporary) withdrawal of a driver's license, home searches or the confiscation of objects. In principle, this only applies to legal fees insofar as these have arisen in connection with the defense against criminal prosecution.
The claim for compensation under the StrEG includes the damage actually incurred. In the event of unlawful detention due to a court decision, there is also a flat-rate claim for damages of EUR 25.00 per day.
Please note that legal deadlines must be observed when applying for compensation under the StrEG.

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Address and contact information

Address

Department of Justice and Consumer Protection
J42_1
Legal Services
Legal Affairs
Drehbahn 36 20354 Hamburg

Room: 424

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Facility info

Public transport

U1/Busse 4/5/19/112 Stephansplatz, U2/Busse X3/4/5/19 Gänsemarkt

Important notes

Documents required

Application for compensation with relevant evidence.

Deadlines

The deadlines are 6 months after the instruction (Section 10 (1) StrEG) and the one-year exclusion period after the legally binding determination of the obligation to pay compensation (Section 12 StrEG).

Procedure & Fees

Fees

There are no fees.

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