If you are charged with a criminal offence the police may:
- give you a Court Attendance Notice and not place you on bail (meaning you are free to leave the police station and attend Court on the date outlined in the notice); or
- release you on bail; or
- refuse to give you bail.
It is important to note that if you are refused bail the police must take you to the Local Court as soon as is reasonably practicable (this may mean if you are charged later in the afternoon that you are held overnight) and it will then be up to a Magistrate to decide whether or not you should be released on bail.
If you are granted bail you may have conditions attached to it. This may include conditions such as reporting to the police station daily, surrendering your passport so that you cannot travel internationally, and putting up a sum of money as surety.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a criminal offence and requires legal representation contact our office immediately on 4627 3333 and obtain legal advice from an experienced solicitor who is ready to help.
This article was published on 7/11/23 and the information is valid only to the date of publishing. This article should be considered merely general and non-specific on the subject matter and is not and should not be considered or relied on as legal, advice. Meehans Solicitors is not responsible in the event this information is relied upon by the reader in the absence of specific legal advice.