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  • Criminal Litigation

    Korean criminal laws are numerous and far-reaching. Conduct and activities that might be perfectly legal in many countries may be governed by criminal laws in Korea. It is not unusual for companies and individuals from foreign countries to find themselves the subject of criminal investigations in Korea because these companies and individuals have unwittingly violated Korean criminal laws. Moreover, in Korea there is often an intersection between criminal and civil laws, where matters that would be solely the subject of civil litigation in many countries are escalated to criminal prosecutions. For those reasons, it is imperative that companies and individuals in Korea understand the Korean criminal legal system and have experienced legal counsel to advise them on how to avoid becoming a participant in that system.

    When companies and individuals do become the targets of criminal investigations and prosecutions, it is even more imperative that they have seasoned criminal defense attorneys to guide them through the process and be their advocates before the courts. While there is a theoretical presumption of innocence in criminal proceedings, in reality the skill, knowledge and acumen of experienced attorneys providing sound strategic assistance is needed to win not guilty verdicts. We have a cadre of former judges, former prosecutors and other highly experienced criminal defense attorneys who regularly advise and successfully defend individuals and companies that become embroiled in criminal investigations and prosecutions.

     

    Services

    • Prepare for potential civil suits arising from criminal investigations.
    • Assist clients in responding to criminal investigations by prosecutors.
    • Represent officers and employees of companies in criminal actions for corporate misconduct.
    • Represent clients in criminal actions for alleged corporate and personal tax evasion.
    • Represent clients in criminal matters related to alleged illegal slush funds.
    • Represent clients in criminal matters related to alleged corruption including misappropriation of funds and bribery.
    • Represent clients in criminal matters for alleged violation of currency control laws.
    • Represent clients in criminal matters relating to claims of fraud.
    • Represent clients in criminal matters relating to claims of defamation.
    • Represent clients in criminal matters related to alleged breach of a non-competition agreements by officers or employees of companies.
    • Represent clients in criminal matters alleging unfair competition in breach of the Unfair Competitive Prevention and Trade Secret Protection Act.
    • Represent clients in criminal matters related to software copyright infringement matters.
    • Represent corporate officers with respect to criminal actions for breach of the Securities Exchange Act.
    • Advise and assist clients with immigration problems caused by criminal records or actions.

     

    Representative Work

    • Defended member of an education board in a criminal case alleging perjury and other violations of election laws.
    • Defended client public officials in criminal cases for allegedly accepting bribes.
    • Defended client in a case alleging criminal malpractice in connection with a construction project.
    • Defended client in a criminal case alleging sexual misconduct by a doctor against his patient.
    • Advised a female employee on a sexual harassment claim against the director of a branch office where she worked.
    • Defended clients in criminal cases arising from industrial accidents.
    • Defended clients in criminal cases alleging trade secret infringements.
    • Defended client in a criminal action for violating export control laws.
    • Advised client in a criminal matter involving currency control law violations.
    • Defended client in a criminal case alleging fraud in the failure to pay for items purchased.
    • Defended Representative Director of a heavy industry company on embezzlement charges.
    • Represented client in a criminal matter related to the opening of a casino by managers of a gambling website.
    • Defended client in a criminal matter related to selling and possession of drugs.
    • Defended client in a criminal case alleging murder of an employee by an officer of a company.
    • Defended client in a criminal case alleging slander against political candidates.
    • Defended clients accused of criminal software copyright infringement.
    • Defended clients accused of criminal violations of the Unfair Competition Protection and Trade Secret Protection Act.
    • Defended a clothing company accused of clothing design infringement.

    Key Contacts

    Sung-Duck Park Seung-Hun Lee