If you’re reading this, you have probably had an interview with the police and been “released under investigation”. You probably have no idea what’s going on, haven’t heard from the police in weeks and are confused about the next steps. Sadly, you’re not alone.
Being released under investigation (RUI) means that the police investigation is still ongoing and that the they will notify you of a decision “at some point in the future”. It doesn’t sound helpful and that’s because it’s not.
Before April 2017, if the police had enquiries to conduct, suspects would be released on “police bail”. This meant they had a date to come back to the police station and would likely be subject to bail conditions. The old system left many people on bail for long periods of time (sometimes years) and caused unnecessary stress and anxiety.
The vast majority of suspects are now released under investigation (RUI). Unfortunately, the new system hasn’t solved the problem. In many ways, it’s worse. Being released under investigation can still lead to very lengthy police investigations and is often a very stressful and worrying time. Some people find the lack of a future date to work towards difficult.
Those who have been released under investigation have to wait for a letter through the post (sometimes called a “postal requisition”). If you move house, go on holiday or forget to check your mail, you may not receive your postal requisition. This would usually lead to the court issuing a warrant for your arrest. The police could then arrest you in the middle of the night.
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