Length of Sentences for Korean Crimes Perpetrated in Korea

The length of sentences for crimes in Korea varies depending on the severity of the offense, the capabilities of your Korean lawyer and the discretion of the judge. The most important aspect of defending against a crime in Korea is the choice of your Korean criminal defense attorneys. Also, make sure your lawyer in Korea has handled issues concerning Immigration if you are an expat. Because of Korea realities, it is best to have on your legal team a retired Korean judge and in some cases a retired Korean prosecutor. A lawyer without judicial experience on the other side of the bench is not advisable in most cases. IPG Legal attorneys have over 70 not-guilty verdicts in courts throughout Korea.

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Sentences for Major Crimes in Korea

  1. Theft and Fraud: For minor theft or fraud offenses, the sentence can be a fine, community service, and a form of probation. For more serious theft or fraud offenses, the sentence can range from a few months to several years in prison.
  2. Assault/Battery: Assault offenses can range from simple assault (no injury) to more serious offenses such as aggravated assault (serious injury). The sentence for a simple assault offense can be a fine or imprisonment for a few months. However, for more serious assault offenses, the sentence can range from a few years to more than 10 years in prison.
  3. Drug Trafficking: The sentence for drug trafficking can range from several years to life imprisonment, depending on the quantity and type of drugs involved. For example, trafficking in methamphetamine can result in imprisonment for seven years to life.
  4. Rape: The sentence for rape can range from several years to life imprisonment, depending on the nature of the offense. For example, a rape offense that involves violence or threat of violence can result in imprisonment for three years to life in prison.
  5. Murder: The sentence for murder can range from life imprisonment to the death penalty, depending on the severity of the offense. For example, premeditated murder can result in the death penalty, while non-premeditated murder can result in imprisonment for up to 25 years.

It is important to note that these are general guidelines, and the actual sentence for a specific offense can vary depending on the circumstances, the ability of your attorney, and the discretion of the judge.

To learn about IPG Legal’s Criminal Defense Practice please see: Criminal Defense Team at IPG Legal. To schedule a call with a Korean criminal defense lawyer please: Schedule a Call with a Korean Criminal Defense Lawyer.

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