The operation of the police bail system was significantly changed in 2017 with the consequence that the number of suspects who are released under investigation (‘RUI’) by the police has risen significantly.
A recent briefing published by the Law Society shows that thousands of suspects are being released without any restriction and it is now campaigning for the system to be changed.
The Alterations | Kangs 24 Hour Police Station Defence Solicitors
- The changes were designed to reduce the very lengthy amount of time during which a suspect was subjected to bail and to remove the need for that suspect having to repeatedly return to the police station in order to answer to their bail.
- Upon each visit the suspect would simply be re-bailed to present at the police station at a later date, whilst the investigation continued, with the likelihood that the whole process would continue for many months and, not unusually, years.
- The police can now either release a suspect on police bail for a maximum of 28 days, or, whilst the matter remains under investigation, for an unlimited period.
The Consequences | Kangs Criminal Defence Team
Many clients who have been released under investigation:
- are left feeling in limbo by the police,
- are unaware of what action the police are taking to progress their case and
- frustrated as to whether any progress is being made.
How Can We Help? | Kangs Criminal Investigations Team
It is widely recognised that prolonged police investigations can have an immense impact on a suspect’s family life, mental health and employment status.
At Kangs we maintain regular contact with the investigating police team. This established line of communication ensures our clients are kept up to date with what is happening with their investigation.
Our engagement with the relevant enforcement agency contributes to the investigation being conducted in a timely and expeditious manner. If we feel that the investigation is not being handled correctly we will make the necessary written representations.
We will review your case and quickly establish the key issues. If we feel that representations can be made that could cease the investigation we will take the necessary steps.
In many cases information and evidence is available which when presented effectively can result in the police halting their investigations.
If you have been invited to attend an interview with the Police, or the National Crime Agency we can provide a specialist Solicitor to represent you.
Who Do I Need To Contact For Assistance? | Kangs Criminal Defence Solicitors
Please do not hesitate to contact one of the following for an initial consultation: