Arrest of a U.S. Citizen

The Department of State is committed to ensuring fair and humane treatment for U.S. citizens imprisoned overseas. We stand ready to assist incarcerated citizens and their families within the limits of our authority in accordance with international law, domestic and foreign law.

Avoid getting arrested overseas by:

  • Following the laws and regulations of the country you are visiting or living in.
  • Learning about laws there which might be different from the laws in the United States. We provide some information for each country on our Country Specific pages.  For further information on laws within the foreign country before you go, contact that country’s nearest embassy or consulate within the United States.

If you are arrested overseas or know a U.S. citizen who is:

  • Ask the prison authorities to notify the U.S. embassy or consulate
  • You may also wish to reach out to the closest U.S. embassy or consulate to let us know of arrest.  Contact information for U.S. Embassies and Consulates overseas can be found here or by going to our individual Country Specific Information pages.

Consular Assistance to U.S. Prisoners:

When a U.S. citizen is arrested overseas, he or she may be initially confused and disoriented.  It can be more difficult because the prisoner is in unfamiliar surroundings, and may not know the local language, customs, or legal system.

 We can help:

  • Provide a list of local attorneys who speak English
  • Contact family, friends, or employers of the detained U.S. citizen with their written permission
  • Visit the detained U.S. citizen regularly and provide reading materials and vitamin supplements, where appropriate
  • Help ensure that prison officials are providing appropriate medical care for you
  • Provide a general overview of the local criminal justice process
  • Inform the detainee of local and U.S.-based resources to assist victims of crime that may be available to them
  • If they would like, ensuring that prison officials are permitting visits with  a member of the clergy of the religion of your choice
  • Establish an OCS Trust so friends and family can transfer funds to imprisoned U.S. citizens, when permissible under prison regulations

We cannot:

  • Get U.S. citizens out of jail overseas
  • State to a court that anyone is guilty or innocent
  • Provide legal advice or represent U.S. citizens in court overseas
  • Serve as official interpreters or translators
  • Pay legal, medical, or other fees for U.S. citizens overseas

Advokaadibüroo Greinoman & Co
Rävala pst 5
10143 Tallinn, Estonia
Tel: +372 6 119 000

Types of cases: commercial law & litigation, antitrust/competition law

Law firm Narlex
Office in Tallinn:  C. R. Jakobsoni 3, 1st floor
Phone +372 506 2428
Fax: +372 3327000

Office in Narva: Tallinna mnt 19c, 4th floor
Phone +372 506 2428

Practice areas:  Business and Corporate Law, Litigation and Arbitration,
Debt Collection, Shipping Law,  Employment law

Aivar Pilv Law Office
Vabaduse väljak 10, 10146 Tallinn
Phone: +372 6 191 630
Fax:  +372 7 312 274

Branch office in Tartu
Turu 2, 51014 Tartu
Phone: +372 7 312 272
Fax: +372 7 312 274

The law office is a member of TAGLaw, a Worldwide Network of Quality Law Firms.

The main fields of activity of Aivar Pilv Law Office include: civil and company law, contract and commercial law, tax and customs law, construction and planning law, competition law, telecommunication and intellectual property, securities’ law, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy and reorganization, litigation and arbitration, insurance, environmental law, employment law, property law, criminal law

Advokaadibüroo COBALT OÜ
Kawe Plaza Pärnu mnt. 15, 10141 Tallinn
Tel: (372) 665-1888
Fax: (372) 665-1899

Types of cases: corporate law, mergers & acquisitions, private equity, banking & finance, capital markets, contracts, competition, tax, real estate & construction, intellectual property, energy, transport, maritime, infrastructure, telecommunications, insurance, administrative & public law, public procurement, labor law, dispute resolution
Can provide services of a certified translator.
Will take cases outside of Tallinn.

Gencs Valters LawFirm
Contactperson: Attorney at Law Valters Gencs 

Tallinn office – WorldTrade Center 6th floor,
Ahtristreet 12, 10151,Tallinn, Estonia
Tel: +372 61 91 000
Fax: +372 61 91 007 

Riga office – Valdemara Center 3rdfloor,
Kr. Valdemara street 21, LV-1010, Riga, Latvia
Tel: +371 67 24 00 90
Fax: +371 67 24 00 91

Vilnius office-Vilniaus vartai, 6th floor

A.Tumėno st. 4, LT-01109, Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel: +370 52 61 10 00
Fax: +370 52 61 11 00

Types of cases: tax, mergers & acquisitions, labor law, corporate law, intellectual property, immigration, litigation, contracts, real estate & construction, banking & finance, bankruptcy and restructuring.

The law firm has successful term cooperation with US law firms all over the States, such as Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Baker & McKenzie, Davis Polk & Wardwell, DLA Piper, Holland & Knight, Duane Morris, Frost BrownTodd, Polsinelli Shughart, Covington & Burling, Faegre Baker Daniels, Knoble Yoshida & Dunleavy, Barnes & Thornburg and many others.

Law Firm Glikman Alvin Levin
Maakri 19, 10145 Tallinn
Tel: (+372) 686 0000
Fax: (+372) 686 0002

Types of cases: Emphasis on civil law, civil damages, estates, government relations, marriage/divorce, taxes, aeronautical/maritime, contracts, corporations, foreign investment, insurance, labor relations, marketing agreements, patents/trademarks/copyrights, immigration, theft/fraud/embezzlement.
Services: will certify translations, signatures and copies.
Will take cases outside of Tallinn.

Hedman Partners Attorneys-at-Law
Rotermanni 8, Tallinn 10111
Tel: (372) 6 645 250
Fax: (372) 6 645 251

Hedman Partners has associated offices in Helsinki, Finland and partner offices in Riga, Latvia and Vilnius, Lithuania.

Types of cases: Main areas of services are all classical legal services related to economic and commercial law, inter alia: mergers and acquisitions and international legal issues, contract and commercial law (including labour law), real estate transactions, planning and environmental law, information technology and intellectual property law, competition law, banking and financing, tax law, dispute resolutions (including insolvency and debt-recovery)

Hough, Hutt & Partners
Narva mnt 7, Tallinn, 10117, Estonia
Tel: (372) 644-6227
Fax: (372) 631-4417
Mobile: (372) 502-8239

Other Offices: Riga, Latvia; Vilnius Lithuania; Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia; Kiev, Ukraine and Warsaw, Poland.

Types of cases: foreign investment, corporate law, banking law, securities law, corporate and individual income taxation value added and social taxation (health and pension taxes), commercial law, international trade law, public international law, real estate law & real estate restitution matters, privatization laws, customs and transit regulations, shipping laws, import and export regulations, intellectual property law, inheritance matters
Will take cases outside of Tallinn.

Law Firm Varul
Ahtri 6a, Admiral House
10151 Tallinn, Estonia
Tel: (372) 6264-300
Fax: (372) 6264-306

Office in Tartu:
Kaluri 2, 51004 Tartu
Tel: (372-7) 301-610
Fax: (372-7) 301-620

Office in Riga:
Kaļķu 15, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia
Tel: +3716722 2237
Fax: +3716722 2236

Office in Vilnius:
Konstitucijos av. 7, LT-09308 Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel: +370 5 248 7337
Fax: +370 5 248 7338

Types of cases: employment, energy & natural resources, healthcare & pharmaceuticals, insolvency, insurance, intellectual property, international trade, insolvency, competition & antitrust, litigation & dispute resolution, M & A, media, communications & technology, private equity, PPP/PFI, public procurement, real estate, shipping & transport, tax, white-collar crime
Can arrange for services of a certified translator, court reporter/stenographer and notary.
Will take cases outside of Tallinn.

Rävala 5, entrance B, 7th floor
10143 Tallinn, Estonia
Tel: +372 611 8050
Fax: +372 611 8051

They have associated offices in:

Types of cases: real estate & construction, civil damages, tax & customs, banking/financial, contracts, corporations, foreign investment, M&A, commercial law, labor relations, insurance, patents/trademarks/copyrights, administrative law, litigation
Services: Will take cases outside of Tallinn.

Glimstedt Straus & Partners is the exclusive member of TerraLex for Estonia and International Fiscal Association.

Law Office HETA  
A.H.Tammsaare tee 47, 11316 Tallinn
Tel: (+372) 699-6611
Fax: (+372) 644-2889

Types of cases: General practice, contracts, real estate, construction law, corporate, commercial, international, company and tax law, litigation and arbitration, corporate insolvency, administrative law, family law, civil law, estates, insurance, foreign claims, foreign investment, marketing agreements, aeronautical, maritime, labour law
Will take cases outside of Tallinn.

Law Office Keevallik & Partners
Roosikrantsi 19, 10119 Tallinn
Tel: (372) 630-8500
Fax:(372) 644-2681

Types of cases: civil damages, estates, government relations, taxes, banking/financial, collections, contracts, corporations, foreign claims, foreign investment, insurance, labor relations, marketing agreements, patents/trademarks/copyrights, car accidents.
Can provide services of a certified translator, court/reporter/stenographer or notary.
Will take cases outside of Tallinn.

Law Office Keevallik & Partners is the member of BalticLaw Offices (, a group of Baltic law firms having offices in Tallinn (Estonia), Riga (Latvia) and Vilnius (Lithuania).

Law Office Valiunas Ellex
Roosikrantsi 2, EE-10119 Tallinn, Estonia
Tel: +372 6407170
Fax: +372 6407171

Types of cases: civil damages, estates, government relations, taxes, shipping/admiralty/maritime law, intellectual property cases, banking/financial, collections, contracts, corporations, foreign claims, foreign investment, insurance, investment in raw materials, labor relations, marketing agreements, mining/petroleum, immigration
Will provide services of a certified translator.
Will take cases outside of Tallinn.

Valiunas Ellex, a member of Ellex, a circle of leading Baltic law firms, is the largest specialised legal team in Lithuania, with a solid portfolio of cross-border experience both in international projects and landmark local deals in the region, since its formation in 1992. With 99 legal professionals and the broadest variety of practice areas, the firm is ideally positioned to provide each client with top expertise and in-depth specialised legal services.Valiunas Ellex is the exclusive member in Lithuania for Lex Mundi.

Law Office Sadekov
Jõe 3, Tallinn
Tel: +372 5188763

Types of cases: criminal law and trial advocacy, administrative law and trial advocacy, information for legal persons,  preparation of documentation, civil law and trial advocacy

Law Firm TGSBaltic
Ahtri 6a, Tallinn 10151
Tel: (+372) 626-4300
Kaluri 2, Tartu 51004
Tel: (+372) 730-1610

Types of cases: estates, government relations, civil damages, taxes, banking/financial, contracts, corporations, foreign claims, foreign investment, aeronautical/maritime, general company and commercial law, insurance, labor relations, marketing agreements, patents/trademarks/copyrights, constitutional and administrative law, tax law, litigation, competition, environmental law, energy and infrastructure, insolvency, arbitration, mergers and acquisitions, public procurement
Will take cases outside of Tallinn.
Will not handle criminal cases, adoptions, child custody, marriage or divorce.
Can provide services of a certified translator.

Müürivahe 41, 10504 Tallinn
Tel: (372) 644-4411
Fax: (372) 644-5124

Types of cases: return of alienated property, child custody, estates, marriage/divorce, succession law, missing heirs
Can provide services of a certified translator, court reporter/stenographer and notary.
Will take cases outside of Tallinn.

Sirel & Partners Law Firm
ScalaCity, Tartu mnt 43, 10128 Tallinn
Tel +372 606 9600
Fax +372 606 9601

Practice areas: Commercial law, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), bankruptcy law, competition law, financial law, contract law, real estate and construction law, tax law, employment law, intellectual property law, maritime law, aviation law, judicial and arbitral proceedings, constitutional and administrative law, international private law, European Union law

SORAINEN Law Offices
Pärnu mnt. 15, 10141 Tallinn
Kawe Plaza, 7th floor
Tel: (372) 6400-900
Fax: (372) 6400-901

They have associated offices in Riga, Vilnius and Helsinki.

The main areas of practice: Banking, Capital Markets, Corporate, Competition,  Construction, Dispute Resolution, Distribution & Trade, Employment, Energy & Utilities, Environmental, Financial Services & Regulation, Information Technology & Data Protection, Infrastructure & Regulatory, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Investment Funds, Structures & Pensions, Investment Incentives, Mergers & Acquisitions, Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences, Private Equity, Privatization, Project Finance & PPP, Public Procurement, Real Estate, Restructuring & Insolvency, Tax & Customs, Telecommunications, Transport & Maritime
Will take cases outside of Tallinn. 

Advokaadibüroo Vindex OÜ (reg 12021444)
Väike-Ameerika tänav 8-301
Tallinn 10129 ESTONIA
M+372 51 911 488
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Updated: April 2020