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Being Charged & Bailed by the Police

Norrie Waite & Slater are experts in Criminal Defence and can advise you on any matters involving the Police. If you are arrested for any offence please contact us.

If you have been arrested and interviewed by the Police, at the conclusion of a police station interview the officers need to decide whether or not the investigation is at an end, or if not, how to proceed.

The options they have are:

  • to undertake further investigations to gather more evidence
  • that there is insufficient evidence to charge and to release you
  • to charge you

If the police are not ready to charge you with an offence then they must consider bail. Conditions on bail can be imposed such as bail back to the police station or to Court.

Unconditional Bail

The police may grant unconditional bail. Whilst on unconditional bail to either re-attend the police station or to go to court, the only legal requirement is that you attend on the time and date you are bailed to.

Charged and Bailed to Court

The general rule is that if charged you would be entitled to bail. If we represent you at the police station we will negotiate with the police / custody officer to grant you bail to the Court date.

The Police could refuse Bail for the following reasons:

  • fear that if released you would not attend at court
  • fear that you would commit further offences
  • fear that witnesses or evidence would be interfered with
  • fear for your own protection
  • other reasons

If necessary, we can make representations to the police that these fears can be dealt with by imposing certain conditions on your bail.

Bail back to Police Station

The police can also impose conditions if you are bailed criminal solicitors sheffieldback to the police station while awaiting advice from the Crown Prosecution Service.

We can make representations to the police on the suitability of any proposed conditions and try to minimise any restrictions on you. We can also appeal decisions made on bail conditions by the police either to the police or to ask the court to review those conditions should the police refuse to alter them.


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