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We advise and represent both corporate and individual clients in criminal defence litigation. We will ensure that you are aware of your rights throughout the process and that you completely understand every charge against you. We will provide you with all the information you require in preparing your defence.

Our criminal practice will assist you in a wide range of criminal matters including but not limited to:

  • Companies Act Offences
  • Regulatory Offences
  • Penal Code Offences
  • Drug Offences
  • Criminal Breach of Trust Offences
  • Property Offences
  • Corruption Offences
  • Road Traffic Offences

Companies Act Offences


Companies Act offences can attract both civil and criminal liabilities. Certain offences under the Companies Act contain penal provisions which stipulate that violation can result in a criminal penalty, such as a fine or even imprisonment. Directors of companies should be especially alert to the provisions under the Companies Act.

Regulatory Offences


Regulatory offences include Ministry of Manpower offences and offences under the Securities and Futures Act, the Immigration Act and the Companies Act. Regulatory offences usually attract civil penalties but may also in some circumstances carry an imprisonment term.

Penal Code Offences


The Penal Code (‘PC’) is the main statute in Singapore governing criminal offences. Offences under the PC include inter alia offences relating to unlawful assembly, offences relating to religion or race, sexual offences, offences causing hurt to the person, assault, homicide and murder. Offences under the PC carry criminal penalties which may impose a fine or imprisonment or both, and in more serious offences, caning or the death penalty.

Drug Offences


Singapore has one of the strictest laws in the world relating to drug-related offences. The Misuse of Drugs Act governs most drug-related offences. These include the trafficking, manufacture, import, export, possession or consumption of controlled drugs.


CRIMINAL BREACH OF TRUST (‘CBT’)


Criminal Breach of Trust (‘CBT’) is an offence under the Penal Code which can be loosely defined as the ‘misappropriation’ or ‘conversion to own use’ of property by a person with whom that property has been entrusted for another contractual or legal purpose. An example of CBT is where funds are provided to you for company official purposes but you wrongfully use the same for your own personal purposes. Even if you use the monies and reimburse the funds later with your own cash, you can be deemed to have already committed the offence of CBT.

Property Offences


Property Offences are governed by the Penal Code. These offences include theft, extortion, robbery, fraudulent disposition of property and criminal trespass. CBT is also an offence against property.

Corruption Offences


Singapore law is very strict in the policing of corruption offences. The principal legislation governing corruption offences is the Prevention of Corruption Act (‘PCA’). The Act prohibits the corrupt soliciting, receiving or agreement to receive, corrupt giving and the promising or offering of gratification (or bribery). These prohibitions apply equally to the public and the private sectors. Both the recipient and supplier of a bribe can be charged under the PCA.

Road Traffic Offences


Offences under the Road Traffic Act (‘RTA’) include driving while using a mobile phone, exceeding the speed limit, reckless or dangerous driving and driving under the influence of alcohol. The RTA punishes offenders with the imposition of a fine, imprisonment or both. For certain offences, the RTA provides leniency in punishment for first-time offenders as opposed to repeat offenders.

 
 
 
 
 
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