We advise and represent civil servants in criminal investigation proceedings as well as in disciplinary proceedings are regularly associated with criminal action.
Criminal accusations relating to economic criminal law such as giving or accepting of undue advantage, bribery and other forms of corruption, breach of trust or fraud often play an important role. However, other offences committed by civil servants outside the service may also result in disciplinary measures if they constitute a lack of aptitude in the sense of civil servant law.
Due to the large number of risks of criminal liability for civil servants and the particular significance of the resulting consequences under civil service law – in particular dismissal from the civil service and loss of pension entitlements – careful consideration and examination of criminal and disciplinary allegations against civil servants is indispensable, because for them it is far more than a criminal sanction. In particular, it should be noted that the outcome of criminal proceedings can have a decisive binding effect on disciplinary proceedings because of sections 23, 57 of the Federal Disciplinary Act.