Individuals who run their own business in Poland or intend to run it should visit a lawyer. Although everyone, thanks to the Internet, has access to legal acts, not everyone knows how to use them. This is especially true for foreign entrepreneurs who do not have to know what the legal system in Poland looks like. One can not be under the illusion that the law will be favorable to a trader who does not have favorable regulations. Any breaking of rules will have consequences, often very serious. The economic turnover in Poland is protected not only by civil and administrative law, but also by criminal law. It is this last branch of law that operates the most severe repression of man. The catalog of economic crimes is relatively wide and you must keep it in mind when doing business. Otherwise you can expose yourself to unpleasant consequences.
Above all, it should be remembered that a foreign entrepreneur may be penally responsible in Poland on various levels. When planning his activities, he must remember that he is responsible for crimes not only included in the penal code, but also for crimes described in special laws. Finding all the regulations regarding a given entrepreneur may be difficult for a Pole, let alone a citizen of a foreign state.
On the other hand, it should be pointed out that the entrepreneur may be liable as a natural person, but also a legal person under which he conducts business may be held liable. It is possible on the basis of the act on collective entities, thanks to which, after conviction of a natural person for a crime, an acute punishment may also be imposed on the company if the offense was committed in connection with its activity.
For the actions to be fully legal, they should be consulted with lawyers. Polish law firms in criminal matters can conduct very different cases and offer very different services. In the case of an entrepreneur, it will most often concern constant supervision over procedures operating in the company and adapt them to the applicable legal framework. It is also the creation of prudential procedures that will be applied by employees in the event of a specific incident in connection with criminal proceedings.
Of course, law firms in Poland offer services as part of court proceedings. Here one should distinguish the occurrence as the defendant of the accused, the counsel for the aggrieved party, or appearing as an auxiliary prosecutor or subsidiary prosecutor (both substitute and by-passed). Everything depends on the specific process situation. As a defense lawyer, he is able to fight for the lack of conviction of his client. As the prosecutor, he can assist the public prosecutor (or act in his place) to create conditions for the award of compensation or compensation for the harm suffered. Here the help of a lawyer is indispensable.