The administrative offence procedure makes infringements of the law punishable by a fine. Such fines are imposed by means of a fine notice.
The central provision of § 130 of the Administrative Offences Act (OWiG) is very popular amoung the prosecuting authorities. This is based on the fact that this provision also allows company management to impose a fine in the event of criminal offences or misdemeanours by employees located hierarchically below management.
In addition, § 30 OWiG is also increasingly applied by authorities in criminal prosecution cases. This regulation standardises the requirements for an association fine, i.e. a fine against the company.
If the authorities recognise the existence of administrative offences, there is an increased risk that, in the course of the proceedings, in addition to issuing a fine notice, the company will be confronted with high recovery claims, which can pose a threat to its existance. A secondary consequence can result in a possible entry in the central trade register, which can close off future sources of income to companies that process public contracts.

Expert advice and defence is therefore essential.


Our team of specialised lawyers will be happy to support you:

  • Our range of services includes:
  • Advice and representation in cases of violations of the Weapons Act, the Aliens Act and the Youth Protection Act;
  • Advice and representation in cases of infringement of trade law and the law on restaurants;
  • Advice and representation in cases of violations of the Road Traffic Act and the Reporting Act;
  • Filing of appeals against administrative orders imposing fines and subsequent defence in the main court hearing;
  • Correspondence with authorities and courts.


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