Broken seal

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Notice on a sealed bar in Zurich
Seal of the Baden-Württemberg police

Breaking a seal is the unauthorized damage, detachment or rendering unrecognizable to an official seal intended to be locked, denoted or confiscated , as well as the other removal of the official lock caused by such a seal.

The act is punishable in Germany according to § 136 StGB and is punished with a penalty of imprisonment of up to one year or a fine. In Austria, breaking the seal is also punishable according to § 272 StGB , in Switzerland according to Art. 290 StGB .


  • Jörg Eisele: Criminal Law - Special Part I. Offenses against the person and the general public, 4th revised edition, W. Kohlhammer GmbH, Stuttgart 2017, ISBN 978-3-17-031434-4 .
  • Leipold, Tsambikakis, Zöller: Lawyer Commentary on the StGB. Members' edition AG Criminal Law, 2nd edition, Verlag CF Müller, Munich 2015, ISBN 978-3-8114-4125-5 .

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