Many relatives of individuals who have been detained or arrested in Turkey often approach our law firm seeking legal assistance on what they should do. With this article, we aim to help individuals who have received a message or email indicating that their friend or family member has been detained or arrested in Turkey. What To Do If a Relative is Detained or Arrested in Turkey?
I. How might a person have ended up being detained or arrested in Turkey?
A foreigner living in Turkey may have engaged in behavior that could lead to their detention or arrest.
Foreigners living in Turkey must have a valid visa or residence permit. One of the most significant issues that foreigners may face in Turkey is a violation of their visa. In such a case, the foreigner must leave Turkey within 10 days and pay a fine for the visa violation. If they continue to reside in Turkey without legal permission, a deportation decision may be made against them. In such a case, the foreigner may be held at a removal center to be sent back to their home country.
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The foreign person in Turkey may have been detained for committing a crime. If they have been taken into custody, they are likely to be at the police station. If there is concrete and strong evidence that the person has committed a crime, the court may decide to imprison them. Therefore, it is likely that the foreigner is in prison.
In addition, we sometimes witness cases where foreigners residing in Turkey claim to have been caught and arrested simply because they were in a difficult situation and needed to receive money from someone abroad.
The first requirement for a foreigner who is at a police station, prison, or removal center in Turkey is to have a lawyer. This is because legal situations may vary for foreigners in different countries. Therefore, legal assistance and representation will be their primary need.
II. What can be done for a foreigner held in a deportation center in Turkey?
There could be several reasons why a foreigner is held in a deportation center in Turkey, such as overstaying their visa or residence permit, committing a minor offense, or being detained without being charged with a crime. To help the foreigner leave the country, it is necessary to arrange for a flight and learn about the charges against them. Therefore, they may need the assistance of a lawyer.
III. What can be done for a person held in police custody in Turkey?
The reason why a foreigner is held in police custody in Turkey is important as it could be for overstaying their visa or residence permit or for committing a crime. If a crime has been committed, they may be arrested and sent to prison. Contacting a person held in police custody, deportation center, or prison in Turkey can only be done through a lawyer. Therefore, it is recommended to quickly seek the assistance of a lawyer to ensure their safety.
IV. What can be done for a person in prison in Turkey?
Being in prison in Turkey means that a foreigner is under investigation for a crime. If the foreigner is in prison, they have either been arrested or there is a final court decision against them and their sentence is being served.
Having the support of a criminal defense attorney is crucial for a detained or convicted foreigner. Because the person may not speak Turkish and may not be familiar with the Turkish legal system, they may not know what they are facing. Therefore, it is essential to seek the urgent assistance of a lawyer for someone in prison.
We provide legal assistance to our clients whose relatives have been detained or arrested in Turkey. Contact BAL Law Firm now.
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