Van Essen Lawyers has top criminal defence lawyers who are experienced in the handling of complex criminal cases. You can also come to us for less complicated cases. In principle, we never turn down criminal proceedings.

We believe that absolutely everyone is entitled to an excellent defence,
be it for a fee or on a pro bono basis.

Van Essen Lawyers acts as legal counsel for clients in the Netherlands as well as in other – generally European – countries, including Belgium. We also visit clients, if asked to do so, within and beyond Europe to advise them about legal issues.

In addition to criminal cases, we also handle confiscation cases, extradition cases and cases involving the surrendering of individuals. The criminal defence lawyers at Van Essen Lawyers distinguish themselves by their dedication to the criminal cases that they handle. They are lawyers that will get the most out of a case and really stand their ground during court sessions. Lawyers that get the best possible results thanks to the utmost effort that they are prepared to put into it.

Call or e-mail Van Essen Lawyers for the best criminal defence lawyer for your case!

We are experts in the following kinds of criminal cases, among others

  • Fraud/embezzlement
  • Forgery of documents
  • Money laundering
  • Vice offences
  • Trafficking in women
  • People smuggling
  • Drug dealing/importing/exporting
  • Cannabis cultivation and possession
  • Criminal organisations
  • Coercion and bribery
  • Extortion
  • Homicide (murder/manslaughter)
  • Other violent offences such as assault
  • Unlawful deprivation of liberty
  • Cases involving detention under hospital orders and their extensions
  • Confiscations
  • Enforcement/conversion of community punishment orders
  • Stalking
  • Slander/defamation
  • Property offences such as street muggings, armed robberies, ATM gas attacks
  • Contraventions under the Dutch State Taxes Act
  • Financial offences
  • Offences under the Dutch Road Traffic Act
  • Offences under the Dutch Weapons and Ammunition Act
  • Juvenile criminal law
  • Aggrieved parties/victims
  • Extradition cases and cases involving the surrendering of individuals
  • Measures Involving Deprivation of Liberty and Conditional Penalties (Mutual Recognition and Enforcement) Act and Enforcement of Criminal Judgments (Transfer) Act
  • Appeal in cassation
  • Reviews
  • Legal proceedings at the European Court of Human Rights
  • Pardons



  • Remand in custody
  • Interim authorisation
  • Conditional authorisation
  • Conversion of authorisation
  • Challenging dismissals
  • Objections to compulsory treatment
  • Second opinions
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  • Liability
  • Employment law
  • Tenancy law
  • Equine law
  • Juvenile civil and other law
  • Law of persons and family law
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  • Permits and exemptions
  • Public service law
  • Certificate of conduct
  • General Administrative Law Act
  • Disputes with the authorities
  • Social security law
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