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Variation of Police Bail Condtions: Covid-19

April 3, 2020 by in category Covid-19, News with 0 and 0
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Do you currently have bail conditions imposed?

Are you having difficultly complying with these conditions or putting others at risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

We may be able to get your bail conditions varied whatever offence you are currently being investigated or charged with.

Common Bail Conditions

If you are given bail, you might have to agree to conditions like:

  • living at a particular address
  • not contacting certain people
  • giving your passport to the police so you cannot leave the UK
  • reporting to a police station at agreed times, for example once a week

If you do not stick to these conditions you can be arrested again and be remanded in custody to wait for your court hearing.

Varying Police Bail Conditions – The Process

There are two steps to vary the conditions imposed by a custody officer:

  • Written application to the custody officer requesting a variation in the bail conditions.
  • A formal application to the Magistrates’ Court

If the first step is unsuccessful, a formal application can be made to the Magistrates’ Court. This will allow for a hearing to be listed for oral submissions to be made.

Case Study – Successful Application

In April 2020, we successfully persuaded the Court to vary our client’s bail conditions which had limited her ability to be alone with a child under the age of 16, or drive with a child under the age of 18 in her vehicle.

The COVID-19 pandemic meant that her ex-partner, a key worker for the NHS, was unable to continue with the primary care of our client’s children. Her parents and family were unable to assist due to self-isolation after fitting the high-risk criteria.

The court heard our application via a Skype hearing and after our expert representation the conditions were lifted to allow our client to look after her young family unsupervised.

Do I need Legal Representation?

We are experts at diligently building a case and producing evidence for successful applications.

The police have the power to extend bail and therefore it is important the conditions are varied at the earliest opportunity if the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting your safety and/or the safety of others.

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