Criminal Law

Van Heerdens Attorneys have a well-earned reputation as one of Port Elizabeth’s most effective criminal defence law firms. We are dedicated to helping people facing all types of criminal charges get fair treatment, and to taking every step necessary to protect the rights and freedoms of those we represent.

Our criminal defence attorneys are equipped to handle all types of criminal charges, including those which may seem minor. It is important to keep in mind that trying to navigate the criminal justice system alone puts you at the mercy of prosecutors, magistrates and judges who are often concerned securing a conviction and ensuring that you receive the harshest punishment possible. Our criminal defence attorneys are concerned with protecting you and your rights and take pride in ensuring that we will always achieve the best possible outcome in the circumstances, whilst safeguarding you from injustice and mistreatment.

Our criminal defence attorneys are prepared to handle all types of crimes, including:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol and other driving related crimes
  • Culpable homicide
  • Assault
  • Theft, fraud and other commercial crimes
  • White collar crime
  • Drug related crimes
  • Extortion
  • Contempt of court
  • Malicious damage to property
  • Domestic violence

Our criminal defence attorneys offer the following services to people facing criminal charges:

  • 24-hour bail applications at police stations (after-hours bail)
  • Formal bail applications at court
  • Criminal trial litigation
  • Plea and sentence agreements
  • Appeal and Review proceedings
  • Asset forfeiture proceedings
  • Expungement of criminal records
  • Assisting individuals and corporations with investigating and initiating criminal prosecutions

How can one of our criminal defence attorneys help you?

No criminal defence attorney can guarantee an acquittal or a favourable plea bargain. To do so would be unethical and unprofessional. However, the nature of the South African justice system is such that prosecutors and law enforcement often have a huge advantage over accused persons in that many times accused persons lack the resources necessary to appoint competent legal representation – and due to the fact that prosecutors possess the knowledge and skill required to prosecute cases, they have enormous leverage over an accused person, resulting in the accused person negotiating away their rights and pleading guilty to charges that will haunt them for years.

Our criminal defence attorneys can even the scales. We are not intimidated by the prosecution or law enforcement. We will utilise our knowledge, expertise and resources to investigate your case and provide you with the best possible criminal defence. In reality, most criminal cases are handled outside of the courtroom by way of plea negotiations. This is where the skills and expertise of your criminal defence attorney will really come into play. We at Van Heerdens Attorneys will be your champion during these negotiations and will ensure that your rights and interests are defended and represented throughout the proceedings.

If you have a matter which you would like to discuss, we would like to hear from you. Please contact us via telephone or email. Alternatively, please feel free to schedule an appointment.

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Emergency Contacts

Van Heerdens Attorneys (After Hours Bail Applications) 073 124 2000
SAPS 10111
Family Violence, Child Abuse, Sexual Violence 012 393 2363
Childline 0800 055 555
CRIME STOP 0860 010 111
Women Abuse 0800 150 150


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