If you have been released under investigation by the police, our criminal solicitors can help you. We can explain what to expect, guiding you through this uncertain time.
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What does ‘released under investigation’ mean?
If you are released under investigation (RUI), it basically means that your case is ongoing. The police do not have the grounds to charge you, but they do not want to drop the case against you. Instead, they want to carry out further investigations before making a decision.
Eventually, one of two things will happen – you are formally charged and the case is referred to the Crown Prosecution Service. Or, you are no longer considered a formal suspect.
However, there is no limit to the amount of time you can spend under police investigation. This means it could be months, even years, before a decision is made. This is extremely stressful, as there is no way of knowing when the matter might conclude.
During this time, the police may retain your personal property to aid their case. This can include your phone or laptop. Also, you will have restrictions placed against you. For example, you will not be allowed to contact anyone linked to your case.
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Is RUI the same as being released on bail?
Being released under investigation is not the same as being released on bail. When you are released on bail, you must return to the police station at an agreed date and time. You then find out what is going to happen next. Often, the bail is extended.
Previously, bail could be extended indefinitely. This came under criticism, as some people were remaining on bail for months or years at a time. This was highly disruptive, as they were under bail conditions and had to keep returning to the police station.
Consequently, the law was changed in 2017. Now, bail is limited to a 28 day period. There are some exceptions to this rule and bail can be lawfully extended. Even so, most suspects are now released under investigation instead, as this carries no time limit.
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If you have been released under investigation, we recommend speaking to our criminal solicitors as soon as possible. It is extremely upsetting to be suspected of a criminal offence. Often, the police do not provide any updates and do not know when the ordeal will end.
Furthermore, you must be careful about who you speak to. Contacting anyone linked to your case, such as witnesses, could put you in a dangerous position. In fact, you could be charged with witness intimidation or perverting the course of justice.
All these factors make for an extremely stressful experience. Your life is put on hold, you cannot communicate with certain people, yet you do not know what is happening and when the case will conclude.
We can help you navigate all these issues. We can advise you on your rights and responsibilities, negotiate the return of your personal belongings, and get updates regarding the status of your case.
Have you been released under investigation? Speak to our criminal solicitors today. You can call us on 0333 009 6275. We are available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.