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Hello, we are based in berlin, germany. My husband has received a compliant from the police filed against him by a taxi driver who claims that he was bodily harmed. we have been asked to write a letter to dispute his claim. Our german is not good. In a case like this should we get a lawyer or just a translator? I do not know the consequences of such a complaint. please advise
Please make sure to ask a lawyer to see the investigation file before making any declaration. See for an English speaking lawyer. This way you won't need an additional translator.
Ask the lawyer beforehand about the costs. Ask for remuneration by law (RVG-Gebühren). Expect a few hundred Euros depending in how the issue terminates.
Any declaration without knowing the content of the investigation file is just wrong and may cause unnecessary damage for your husband.
The consequences of such a complaint will be that the state attorney may ask for a fine depending on your salary (Strafbefehl). Appeal is possible within 2 weeks. After appeal the issue goes to court. If you want to avoid that, ask a lawyer before to see the investigation file.
The advantage of letting the issue go to court is that in the case that it is very obvious that your husband is not guilty, the German state will pay all costs including your lawyer.
However, the safer way is to engage a lawyer now.