Frequently Asked Questions
I am due to answer for bail. Do I need to attend?
You do need to answer your bail. But if you had legal advice when you were interviewed then you should call your solicitor. Your lawyer will contact the police in advance of your bail date to try and find out what is happening. That’s not as easy as it sounds but they will be able to advise you. Sometimes attending a bail date is not required. But if you are in doubt then you should attend or you face a separate offence of failing to answer your bail.
If you are suffering from symptoms of the coronavirus or you are in an at-risk group or you are self-isolating for any reason then you have a difficult choice to make. The strict legal advice is of course that you should answer your bail. However, travelling to the station could put you and others at risk. Whilst you have a legal duty to attend you also have a duty not to put yourself and others at risk. On balance you should probably not attend. But there is clearly a risk you will be arrested at a later date.
If you have never left the house and you are on the autistic spectrum, it is possible to get a medical exemption from needing to attend bail. However, the police may choose to opt to remand you into custody if they feel that you are attempting to fool or fake symptoms.
I want to call the custody suite. How do I do that?
Simple, call 101 and once connected to the appropriate force that you require, choose the option for the custody suite. Usually, this really depends on the person’s mood, they should provide you with information on the person. Especially, if that person has mental health needs and you are responsible for them. However, if you have received a negative response. Please Share Your Story.
The police have arrested someone, I want to know what is going on.
If an you are over the age of 18 they come under the data protection act and the police generally do not give information unless that person has requested his during their processing. If they are under the mental health act and you are their prime care giver, then they should tell you about the individual especially if they are under the age of 18.
How long you can be held in custody
The police can hold you for up to 24 hours before they have to charge you with a crime or release you.
They can apply to hold you for up to 36 or 96 hours if you’re suspected of a serious crime, eg murder.
You can be held without charge for up to 14 days If you’re arrested under the Terrorism Act.
The police have some property that I need to retrieve
If you had a solicitor at interview then call the firm that represented you. If you are under the mental health act or under 18 then they should assist you.
Recoverying property from the police is a laborious task. It takes time, As the property can only be returned after they have checked it. If it is a digital device, depending on the level of expertise of the person handling this device, will determine on whether the drives or data storage area has suffered damage.
Digital forensics can be an intensive operation especially if they do not have the password. They will try every method and this can degrade the lifespan of the device, in some cases render it unusable.
If the police have taken property that belongs to someone else, they will need to prove that this is the case. It is usually best to not let them take items that do not belong to you during the seizure.
They also MUST provide you with a slip which tells you what they have taken.