Experts in Criminal Defense

Specialists in Criminal Law

Esteban Criminal Lawyers

Esteban Criminal Lawyers is a firm of expert criminal lawyers based in Barcelona with countrywide practise and exclusive dedication to criminal law. It is managed by Marco Esteban, Criminal Lawyer and Master in Criminal Law, with a successful professional career in the defense of criminal cases.

We are a highly specialized firm in criminal defense. We have extensive experience in the resolution of lawsuits in the different instances of the criminal jurisdiction.

Abogado Penalista Marco Esteban en Barcelona

Criminal Practice Areas


We stand by you throughout the criminal process, providing the proper legal assistance and watching over your rights. We'll find the right line of defense to achieve the most favorable resolution for your criminal case and your interests.

Esteban Abogados Penalistas. Abogados Penalistas Barcelona. Expertos en Delitos contra las Personas

Crimes against Persons

Blackmail and Extortion
Breaking and Entering
Disclosure of Secrets
Domestic Violence
Gender Violence
Hate Crimes
Homicide and Murder
Identity Theft
Omission of Assistance
Prostitution Offences

Esteban Abogados Penalistas. Abogados Penalistas Barcelona. Expertos en Derecho Penal.

Economic Crimes

Asset stripping
Computer scam
Contract Simulation
Punishable Insolvency
Work Crimes

Esteban Abogados Penalistas. Abogado Penal experto en Delitos contra la Administración

Corporate and Business Crimes

Abuse of Majority Position
Corporate crimes
Crimes against Industrial Property
Crimes against Intellectual Property
Legal Person Criminal Liability
Money Laundering
Obstruction of social rights
Tax offense
Unfair Administration

Esteban Abogados Penalistas. Abogado Penal experto en Delitos Societarios y Empresariales

Crimes against the Administration

Crimes against social security
Crime Simulation
Currency Counterfeiting
Electoral Crime
False Complaint
False testimony
Obstruction of Justice

Esteban Abogados Penalistas. Abogado Penal experto en Delitos contra el orden público

Crimes against Public Health and Safety

Attack on the Authority
Disobedience to Authority
Drug Trafficking
Environmental Crime
Illicit possession of weapons
Public Disorders
Resistance to Authority
Urban Crime

Esteban Abogados Penalistas. Abogados Penalistas Barcelona. Expertos en Derecho Penal.

Motor Vehicle Offenses

Drink Driving
Drug Driving
Driving without a License
Negative to Tests
Reckless Driving

Esteban Abogados Penalistas. Abogados Penalistas Barcelona. Expertos en Procedimientos Penales.

Criminal Procedures

Abbreviated procedure
Complaints and grievances
Criminal Summary
Juvenile Crimes
Quick Trial
Private Prosecution

Abogado Penal experto en Procedimiento Penal

Criminal Process

Appeal for Cassation
Defense of the Detainee

Our Law Firm

Our firm is focused on high quality criminal legal defense. We are specialists, since criminal proceedings require an important knowledge of the applicable laws and the courts’ jurisprudence. Given the complexity of legal problems in criminal matters, the assistance of an expert criminal lawyer is essential to avoid a negative outcome in the litigation. When you face criminal charges, your freedom and reputation are at stake. It is essential that you have a competent criminal lawyer with the knowledge and ability to defend you properly. We have a strong track record of successful criminal court cases.

We consider our clients as unique people to whom we must give an individual solution and dedicate the maximum effort. For years we have helped them to solve their criminal problems, always by their side at all times, no matter how difficult their situation may seem. That is why we work tirelessly for them. By combining a complete understanding of their case, a deep knowledge of the law and a great technical preparation, we are convinced that we will find a suitable legal solution.

Experience has shown us that having specialized assistance in the criminal field is an essential support to safeguard your rights and options for victory in the process. We are aware that the main objective is to protect your freedom, your family and your profession. You will see that we are the best criminal lawyers and we offer you the best treatment, with respect, dedication and understanding.

Criminal Law Specialists

We can help and assist you throughout the entire criminal process, providing you with the legal help you need and ensuring your rights. No matter how complicated the situation may seem, there is always a line of defense to achieve the most favorable resolution in your case, with the least possible impact on your life and interests. An effective defense cannot be improvised. The ability to design legal defense strategies is acquired after extensive knowledge of the matter and excellent legal training. Only when criminal cases are properly prepared by a specialist in criminal law the answers you need for your problems appear.

We are professionals and strongly protect the constitutional rights of our clients. We represent them in every phase of the criminal process, rehearse all options to provide a solid criminal defense, prepare the evidence and proof necessary to obtain a dismissal or acquittal and present well-founded appeals to achieve the maximum legal benefits. Our professional style involves maintaining constant communication and informing you in detail of every step we take, even on weekends or vacations. The strategic capabilities we have accumulated as criminal lawyers over the years will be your fundamental and decisive help. We will provide you with efficient and active legal criminal assistance. Call us and we will fight for and with you.

Recent Success Cases


Result: Acquittal

Court: Criminal Court
Prosecution: Public Prosecutor's Office
Requested sentence: 2 years imprisonment for the crime of swindling

Intellectual Property

Result: Dismissal

Court: Court of First Instance
Accusation: Private individual
Accused of: Crime against Intellectual Property

Sexual Harassment

Result: Acquittal

Court: Court of First Instance
Accusation: Private prosecution
Accused offense: Sexual Harassment


Result: Dismissal

Court: Court of First Instance
Prosecution: Public Prosecutor's Office and private prosecution
Accusation: Misappropriation crime


Result: Acquittal

Court: Criminal Court
Prosecution: Public Prosecutor's Office
Requested sentence: 3 years imprisonment for the crime of falsification of a commercial document


Result: Acquittal

Court: Criminal Court
Prosecution: Public Prosecutor's Office and private prosecution
Requested sentence: 1 year imprisonment for the crime of threats.

Unfair Administration

Result: Dismissal

Court: Magistrate's Court
Complainant: Private individual
Accusation: Unfair administration offence

Industrial Property

Result: Dismissal

Court: Magistrate's Court
Accusation: Private prosecution
Accused offence: Industrial property offence

Sexual Abuse

Result: Acquittal

Court: Criminal Court
Prosecution: Public Prosecutor's Office and Private Prosecution
Requested sentence: 4 years imprisonment for the crime of continuous sexual abuse.


I owe Marco the biggest gratitude for helping me in my lowest moment. As a touring American around Spain, I was having an amazing time experiencing all the food, architecture, culture and the Catalonia life. During this period, I was to experience a different kind of «adventure». I was detained for several days on a wrongful accusation in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar faces. My only help was muy one traveling buddy from the states and thank God he was able to find Marco to help me. He came within the same day of being found and was wonderful throughtout the whole process. Full of attention, honest information, professionalism and an oper ear were the things I appreciated most about him. He was in constant talks with my family regarding my case which helped alleviate stress tremendously on both sides. After severeal days at a jail, I was a free man! Marco kept on fighting for me even weeks after I returned back to the states. Eventually, the case was dismissed and I won my bail money back. I have nothing but positive praises for Marco and his establishment and my family and I highly recommend him to ANYONE looking for an exceptional lawyer.

John L.

I found myself in a difficult and unfair situation where i needed the best advise I could get. And that’s exactly what I found with Marco. He was always honest and he never told me what I wanted to hear but what I needed to hear. The Spanish justice system is horrible, Marco knows it, and that’s why you need a lawyer with experience. He got the best result possible for me and I will forever be thankful! Look no further.

Sam BV

Marco Esteban is a professional, responsive and highly skilled attorney. The unexpected need for legal representation while traveling in a foreign country is a very unsettling event. Mr. Esteban responded to my call for service after hours, on a weekend and immediately made time to meet with me at his office. He was focused, patient and supportive. The Spanish legal system differs greatly from the system we are accustomed to in the US and Marco is a highly skilled and trustworthy legal advisor that exceeds the expectations and interests of his clients. Mr Esteban personally handled all aspects of my case and was accessible and responsive throughout all phases of my representation. He took the time to answer all my questions and address my concerns. Mr. Esteban explained the process in detail, displayed a clear understanding of what needed to be done and followed through until the entire matter was resolved exactly as he expected it would be. Mr. Esteban is an expert in his field who is friendly, approachable and extremely supportive. Mr. Esteban is a trustworthy, reliable and compassionate attorney with an exemplary work ethic. When in need of legal representation in Barcelona, I recommend you retain and rely on the exceptionally professional services of Marco Esteban and the Esteban Abogados law firm. Joseph Fernandez USA

Joseph Fernandez

Marco is a very professional lawyer who pays a lot of attention to detail, he most certainly has gone above and beyond for me and i would highly recommend him

Seth Colchester

Criminal Defense: FAQ

When you should hire a criminal lawyer?

Immediately, before doing anything else. As in a medical case, the problems addressed early on are more likely to be satisfactorily solved.

Why is it better to hire a lawyer dedicated exclusively to criminal law?

Because criminal law is a complex and constantly changing discipline that requires total dedication to master. Your chances of success will be greater with a specialist criminal lawyer.

What should I do if accused of having committed a crime?

Consult a criminal lawyer before taking any action or talk to anyone. If you act without professional advice, you can make strategic mistakes that later will have a negative impact on the judicial process.

Is it worth hiring a criminal lawyer if I am innocent?

It is preferable to hire a specialized criminal lawyer even if you’re innocent. Sometimes the innocent are convicted.

Is it advisable to hire a criminal lawyer if the charges against me are not very serious?

It is a misconception that a criminal prosecution can be not very serious. A conviction, even if it seems of little importance, can have consequences in the future, like a more severe punishment on a second conviction.

Do you work on commission?

We do not work on commission, although the payment of our fees can be flexible and personalized.

Can they condemn me if there is only my word against the complainant?

According to Spanish criminal law they can condemn you, because the word of the complainant constitutes sufficient evidence if the judge considers it credible.

Is it possible to change my criminal lawyer if I already have one in criminal proceedings?

You have the right to change your lawyer at any time.

Is it confidential everything that you tell to the criminal lawyer?

It is confidential by law. The Constitution protects communications between client and lawyer. Neither the courts nor the administration can force a defendant or an attorney to disclose the contents of their conversations.

Does it make sense to hire a lawyer if I want to plead guilty and confess?

A criminal lawyer will help first to know the advantages and disadvantages of pleading guilty. Later, if you are willing to do so, the criminal lawyer will try to get the best reduced sentence allowed by law.

¿In what situations can you defend me?

At Esteban Lawyers, we can assume your defense if you are in any of these situations:
- You have been called to testify by the police
- You have been called to testify by the court
- You have been summoned to a fast trial
- You have been accused
- You have been arrested
- You are or you will be summoned to a criminal trial
- You have been convicted and want to appeal
- You have a firm conviction under execution
- You want to file a complaint or lawsuit