Police Bail - Time for Review?

According to reports on the BBC today, more than 57,000 people are currently on police bail.

This means they have been arrested on suspicion of committing a criminal offence and have then been released pending further enquiries by the police. 

Sometimes this can result in lengthy delays which can be extremely stressful for the individuals concerned, and impact upon their friends and families, until a final decision is made regarding charge or no further action being taken.

The police have widespread powers available including night time curfews, preventing travel, exclusion from certain areas, none contact with named individuals and seizing mobile phones/computers which can put lives on hold.

It is always best to obtain expert legal advice at an early stage to fight your corner. Anybody arrested at the police station is currently entitled to free and independent advice and assistance whilst in police custody regardless of income.