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Pretrial detention Berlin

Your husband, boyfriend or brother has been arrested in Berlin. He is now in custody in the Moabit prison. Such an arrest and the subsequent pre-trial detention in the JVA Moabit in Berlin is a terrible event for the inmate himself and for his relatives. What should you do now, how can you help your relatives in pre-trial detention in the Moabit prison?

The fastest and most effective help for the arrested or already in custody relatives is to get them an experienced and committed criminal defense attorney Berlin as soon as possible, who will be by his side in the first few hours and do everything possible to help him as quickly as possible possible to get out of custody again in freedom.

Attorney Dr. Toralf Nöding works in Berlin exclusively in the field of criminal law. He particularly often defends clients who are in custody in prison in Moabit in Berlin. On the following pages he has put together a large amount of information and advice for relatives of prisoners on remand in the Moabit prison in Berlin. This information cannot replace the appointment of a lawyer specializing in criminal law. Anyone who is in custody urgently needs a committed and competent criminal defense lawyer!

Can I visit my friend or relative in custody in the Moabit JVA in Berlin?

Of course. Every prisoner on remand has the right to receive visits every two weeks for a period of 30 minutes. The visit takes place in the premises of the JVA Moabit in Berlin. Realistically, a first visit can be achieved around five to seven working days after your loved one has been arrested. For this you need a so-called speech certificate ("speaker"). However, you will only receive this voucher if a file number has been assigned for the criminal case of your relative. The allocation of the file number usually takes a few days. If you have hired a criminal defense attorney, he will surely help you with the procurement of the speaking license.

Do I have to register for a visit to the Moabit prison?

Yes. You need an office voucher (see the previous question) and you have to agree on a visiting time at the JVA Moabit in Berlin. The first visit must be registered by telephone under the following number: 030 - 9014 5535. This number can be reached Monday to Thursday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on Fridays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. However, you have to be patient, the connection is often busy or at times nobody answers the phone. The best way to arrange all subsequent visits is when you leave the visitor center after the last visit.

How do I get a voucher for a visit to the JVA Moabit in Berlin?

You must apply for such an intercom at the office of the public prosecutor's office that is responsible for your relative's criminal case. The public prosecutor's file number indicates which office is responsible. When you have found the file number, go to the Tiergarten district court and ask at the gate for the responsible office. Then tell the office that you want a voucher for your relative. You will then have to identify yourself, so don't forget to bring a valid identification document with you. The office employee will then fill out an intercom card for you and present it to the responsible public prosecutor for signature. If no prosecutor is available at the moment, you have to wait. You should therefore always plan one to two hours if you want to apply for an intercom in court.

At what times can I visit my friend or relative in the JVA Moabit in Berlin?

Visiting times are Mondays to Wednesdays between 9:45 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and Thursdays between 11:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. Visits to JVA Moabit in Berlin are not possible on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Make sure to be on time, because if you are late, the agreed appointment time can expire and you have to wait two weeks until the next possible visit.

How many people are allowed to visit an inmate in the Moabit prison at the same time?

Each prisoner on remand may receive visits from three people at the same time. Every visitor needs his own voucher. On the other hand, children under the age of 14 do not need a speech certificate.

Are the visits to the Moabit prison monitored?

That depends on whether the responsible public prosecutor / judge has ordered the "monitoring of the content of the conversation". Most of the cases where the police or prosecutor's investigations have not yet been completed, this will be the case. In these cases, an officer from the Moabit prison will be present during the visit and will listen to your conversation with your relative. In this case, in your own interest and in the interest of your loved one, you should not try to discuss the criminal offense of which you are charged. This could be interpreted as an attempt to "darken" the ongoing investigation and then forbid you to visit your loved one again. In addition, the officers of the Moabit prison can be questioned as (incriminating) witnesses at the main hearing.

Can I speak to the inmate in a foreign language when I visit the Moabit prison?

If the "content-related conversation monitoring" has been ordered (on this the previous question), you are not allowed to speak in a foreign language. Otherwise the officers of the Moabit prison who are used to monitor the conversation cannot follow the conversation between you and your relatives. In these cases, you must come to the visit with an interpreter who will translate your conversation into German.

Can I hand over money or things when I visit the Moabit prison?

No, that is not allowed. However, you have the option of buying sweets and cigarettes from vending machines set up in the visiting area and then having them handed over to your relatives. A maximum of € 13.00 worth of goods may be purchased for relatives per visit. The machines only accept hard money - so bring enough coins with you to visit.

How can I send laundry or things to my relatives in the Moabit prison in Berlin?

You can hand in clothes and laundry for your relatives to the Moabit prison once a week, a maximum of three times a month. There is a special laundry collection point for this. This is located at gate VII of the Moabit prison (Rathenower Straße 81). The laundry delivery point has the following opening times: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., every second Tuesday of the month only from 11:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Thursdays 11:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. You can reach the laundry delivery point by telephone on 030 - 9014 5517. Your relatives may give you dirty laundry during your visits. Attention: You are only allowed to hand in laundry and items of clothing. Letters or other items may not be handed in. The laundry packages are searched. If you find objects or documents that are not permitted, you will be banned from entering the house.

Can I pay in money for my relatives in the Moabit prison?

Yes. Every prisoner on remand has a so-called house account. You can transfer money to this. The account details are:
Paying office of the JVA Moabit
Account number. 7277-101
Bank code: 10010010 (Postbank Berlin)
Money transferred in this way usually takes a few days before it reaches your relative's house account. If you want to go faster, you can also ask your relatives' defense lawyer to pay the money in cash to the paying office when they visit the Moabit prison. Then it is immediately available to your loved one.

Can my relative go shopping in the JVA Moabit in Berlin?

Yes. With the money from their home account, your loved one can buy everyday items (food, cosmetics, cigarettes). The shopping day is currently Thursday, so he must have enough money in his house account on this weekday.

Can I make phone calls to my next of kin imprisoned in the Moabit prison?

In most cases this is not possible. A dedicated defense attorney will try to obtain appropriate telephone approval for you. Usually this is rejected with reference to the "limited organizational possibilities" of the Moabit prison. In certain cases the responsible social workers at the prison still allow a short phone call from time to time (without the appropriate judicial authorization)

Can I write letters to my relatives in the JVA Moabit in Berlin?

Of course. However, the correspondence of prisoners on remand is monitored. This means that the responsible judge or public prosecutor reads - more or less thoroughly - your letters and those of your relatives. For this reason, you should by no means use your letters to discuss the criminal offense of which your relative is accused. Due to the postal control, it can sometimes take up to two weeks for a letter to reach you or your relatives.