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Can I challenge my Police Bail Conditions?

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If you feel that the police have imposed strict and unworkable bail conditions on you, our expert criminal defence solicitors at Johnson Astills can make an application to the Magistrates’ Court to have them changed or removed.

What is pre charge bail?

When an individual is suspected of a criminal offence, they may be released on police bail whilst the police continue to investigate the matter or whilst the police wait for a charging decision to be made by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Pre-charge bail means that you can leave the police station whilst the police continue to conduct an investigation before deciding whether or not you should be charged with a criminal offence.

Why have the police paced bail conditions on me?

The police can impose conditions on someone’s bail if they think granting unconditional bail is too risky – for example, if they think the suspect might interfere with witnesses or commit further offences.

The police must ensure that the conditions imposed are necessary, reasonable, proportionate and capable of being enforced. If you do not think your conditions are necessary, reasonable or proportionate, Johnson Astills can provide practical advice about challenging them and how likely you are to succeed.

What bail conditions can the police impose on me?

The following are examples of some bail conditions the police may impose:

  • Forbidding you from contacting certain people (such as the alleged victim or any witnesses)
  • A curfew which requires you to stay at home during certain hours (usually at night)
  • Requiring you to live and sleep at a certain address
  • Prohibiting you from attending a certain address or area

Challenging police bail conditions – How we can help?

Our expert Criminal Defence Team at Johnson Astills can advise you about applying to the Magistrates’ Court for bail conditions to be lifted or varied.

At Johnson Astills we have a criminal team who regularly deal with a variety of offences. Our specialist solicitors and Crown Court advocates in the Criminal Defence Team are highly experienced in dealing with all criminal matters at both the Magistrates’ and Crown Court.

If you find yourself facing any offence it is vital to contact a solicitor as soon as possible to obtain expert legal advice. Representation at the police station is free, and legal aid may be available for your case at the Magistrates’ and Crown Court. For offences which do not qualify for legal aid, we offer fixed fees for appointments and representation.

To discuss any criminal offences or bail issues please contact our Criminal Defence Team at Johnson Astills at our Leicester office on 0116 2554855 or our Loughborough office on 01509 610312.