In Norway, if you are charged or indicted with a criminal offence, or even if you are merely a suspect, you are entitled to legal representation, both during the police investigation and in court. Hjort's advocates are frequently engaged as defence counsel in all types of criminal cases.
Every year, we argue around 200 criminal cases in district courts, appeal courts and the Supreme Court. The firm is considered to be one of the country’s leading criminal law practices.
Anyone who finds themselves under investigation in connection with a criminal offence should consult a lawyer at the earliest opportunity, preferably before making a statement to the police. Sometimes it can be difficult to understand why you are being investigated, and what that means in practice. An attorney can help you clarify the situation, and ensure that your rights are not infringed. In many cases, you will be entitled to a publicly appointed defence counsel. This means that the attorney engaged to represent you will be paid through public funds.
Our lawyers have considerable expertise in what is often called “white-collar crime”, including embezzlement, fraud, identity theft, copyright infringement, internet scams and much more besides. We have also successfully defended clients who have been accused of offences such as contravening the Norwegian Working Environment Act, failing to comply with environmental statutes and regulations or breaking any of the laws applicable specifically to the business sector. In cases of this kind we may be engaged by private individuals as well as companies.
Hjort is the only major law firm in Norway with substantial practices in the fields of both criminal and commercial law. Our commercial law expertise and experience has frequently proved extremely helpful in our work on cases relating to financial crime.