The Criminal Law Department of LANDING released the English version of 100 Q&As ABOUT FOREIGN-RELATED CRIMINAL CASES for the first time. When foreigners come to China, they may unknowingly commit illegal or criminal activities as they don’t have a clear understanding of the differences between the criminal laws of China and their own countries. Keeping this issue in mind, LANDING Criminal Law Department prepared this handbook specially for foreign nationals. This handbook summarizes some of the most common illegal and criminal problems encountered by foreigners in China, and can help foreigners to handle their work, study, and life in China with ease.
The English version of 100 Q&As ABOUT FOREIGN-RELATED CRIMINAL CASES is divided into four chapters—Overview, Common Crimes Committed by Foreigners in China, Administrative Penalties, and Scams or Traps that Foreigners may Encounter in China. The 100 frequently asked questions in the handbook will help foreigners identify potential criminal behavior in China and the recommended responses and measures to be taken in various situations. The Overview chapter of the handbook sets out general issues such as how foreigners should respond to criminal law violations in China, whether they can hire foreign lawyers, whether they can hire translators, what assistance embassies and consulates will provide, and the procedures for handling criminal cases. Then, the second chapter—Common Crimes Committed by Foreigners in China, introduces conduct that may constitute a crime such as dangerous driving, intentional injury, picking up quarrels and provoking trouble, obstructing official business, and economic crimes. It also lists what a foreign criminal suspect should do if such a crime has been committed, and what assistance a criminal defense lawyer can provide to foreigners. In addition, it also lists activities that may be legal in foreign countries but are illegal and criminal in China, such as smoking marijuana, visiting prostitutes, and running casinos, which can help foreigners draw the line between these different rules. The third chapter—Administrative Penalties introduces behavior that may lead to administrative penalties. Finally, the fourth chapter lists the correct ways for foreigners to handle situations such as taking taxis, visiting scenic spots, bars, returning and exchanging currency, etc., in order to avoid scams.
The main content of 100 Q&As ABOUT FOREIGN-RELATED CRIMINAL CASES is as follows:
Overview; Common Crimes Committed by Foreigners in China (1) The crime of dangerous driving (especially drunken driving), (2) The crime of intentional injury, (3) The crime of picking quarrels and provoking trouble (4) The crime of disrupting official affairs, (5) Economic crimes, (6) Behavior that may be legal in foreign countries but illegal or criminal in China; Administrative Penalties; Scams or Traps that Foreigners may Encounter in China.
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