Aftermath of Sziget Festival in Budapest
A foreigner from another EU-State was caught during the Sziget Festival with the possession of a smaller amount of light drugs. He was first put in custody, but then released after the police took all his personal data. He could have attended the festival, but lost interest and went home – scared of the consequence the incident might have for him.
Month later he got a letter from Hungary. It was only the report about the confiscation of the substances – but still stirred the young man so much that he picked up contact with us.
After getting the authorization from the client we got a copy of the relevant documents and soon it turned out that the substance of the drugs were within the smallest category, which meant already that the punishment to be expected would probably not be prison, rather a fine. but still the case needed proper and competent work from the side of the defense.
Again some months later we got the decision from the court – suspended punishment for a year. No court hearing needed, no further difficulties or consequences – yet no more violation of Hungarian laws, otherwise a punishment would have to be declared.
Good ending of an unpleasant story. Which should teach us some lessons:
- Immediately react when you get official post from Hungarian authorities.
- Turn to a competent lawyer with whom you speak the language.
- Take the case seriously – but don’t panic!
- And stay away from drugs in Hungary – it might have unpleasant consequences!
If you need help in a criminal case in Hungary, do not hesitate to contact us here.