Once you’ve spent your time in custody, usually one of four things will happen:
- You are released with no further action.
- You are charged with an offence and released on bail to appear in court at a later date. There may be bail conditions imposed, such as staying away from a certain area or not attending specific events. You may be able to challenge these conditions, especially if they have been imposed in a ‘blanket’ manner on a large group of people.
- You are charged and held over to be brought into court the next day (or the following Monday if it is a weekend). This is usually done if you do not agree to your bail conditions, or if the police do not believe they should release you (because you might leave the country, etc.).
- You are bailed to return to the same police station at a later date, pending further inquiries. This means the police have not decided whether to charge you or not. It often means they need more time to look over the evidence. You might, as above, be given bail conditions.
If we know about your arrest, Green & Black Cross (GBC), or groups who we work with, will try and organise police station support on your release. This means a friendly face to meet you, make sure you can get home, and ensure you are in touch with us for further support if desired.