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Bail – What You Need To Know

Bail is the term used when a person who is charged with a criminal offence is released from police custody until they next appear in court or at the police station.

Bail is usually granted with conditions. These can be:

  • You must live at a certain address
  • You must not contact certain people
  • You must give your passport to the police so you can’t leave the UK
  • You have to report to the police station at certain times

If you don’t stick to these conditions, you could be arrested again and be held in prison until you appear in court.

Why might you be denied bail?

During court proceedings, you’re likely to be granted bail. However, prosecutors can object to you being released on bail if any of these conditions are met:

  1. It’s believed that you won’t go to court, when required, for various reasons, including: you have a poor bail attendance record or because there is a chance of a long prison sentence for a serious offence, and therefore the risk of not turning up to court is higher.
  2. It’s thought that you will commit other offences while on bail, particularly if you have done so previously.
  3. It’s feared that you will interfere with prosecution witnesses.

Why employ a lawyer?

Having a first-rate lawyer will boost your chances of securing bail.
Edward Hayes’ lawyers and advisers have successfully applied for bail in cases at police stations, magistrates’ courts, youth courts, crown courts and at the Court of Appeal, on matters such as serious fraud, high-level drugs cases, murder and organised crime allegations.

The Edward Hayes team is on hand 24 hours a day to advise on bail. Contact them on 01243 781431 for the Chichester office or 020 7353 0011 for London. Alternatively, please visit the Edward Hayes contact page for details of other premises around the country.

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