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New laws on police bail

April 07 2017

Our Leeds criminal lawyers are pleased to hear that new laws regarding police bail have now come into practise throughout the UK.

Due to criticism of police who left many people in legal limbo for months and, in severe circumstances, years, a new 28-day limit on pre-charge bail has now come into practise. This is nothing but good news to our criminal lawyers, who for many years have faced problems with clients in the Yorkshire area being held under suspicion for excessive amounts of time. But why did the police get away with doing this? It is because they have never had a cap on how long someone can be placed on bail for – therefore, they could keep people on bail for months before informing them they had been cleared.

So what does pre-charge bail mean?

We get asked this question a lot, but our Leeds criminal lawyers explain that pre-charge bail (also known as police bail), allows those under investigation to be released from custody whilst police officers deal with their line of inquiries of the case. These bail charges generally come with some conditions (for example a curfew) and effect more than 400,000 people in the UK each year – many of which we know are innocent.

Although this move is in the right direction when protecting people in situations like this, our criminal lawyers have stressed that police can still secure an extension for pre-charge bail beyond the new 28-day period if it is appropriate and necessary. This extension can be up to three months, with exceptional circumstances for people to be kept longer offered but police would have to apply to a magistrate.

At Graham Stowe Bateson Solicitors, we have one of the most experienced team of criminal defence lawyers in the Yorkshire region, and therefore we are up to date with the latest laws around this area. Should you want to hear more information, or you would like to speak to our criminal lawyers about free legal advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Leeds office on 0113 246 8163. 


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