Right to the return of property

Some property belonging to the victim may have to be taken away for the investigation of the crime. For example, the victim’s car, or clothes, may contain important evidence for the investigation.

It is a general rule laid by laws that all the things taken from you during pre-trial investigation or trial shall be returned only after the sentence passed becomes valid (i.e. when there are no appeals lodged or the appeal procedure has ended).

However, you have a right to submit a written request to return your property during the pre-trial procedure already if the things taken have been fully examined by officials leading the case. In case your property is returned to you before the end of criminal procedure you shall have to sign a commitment to safeguard the property (i.e. not to sell it, not to throw it away) till the case is closed.

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