Released Under Investigation

Released Under Investigation - RUI

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.

If contacted by the police, what should I do?

You should contact us straightaway. You can call us 24 hours a day on 0333 016 3333 to speak to one of our criminal defence solicitors. If you are arrested and taken to a police station, tell the police that you want Bhatia Best to come to the station.

How can we help you?

  • Chasing the police on your behalf for an update
  • Obtaining property back from the police
  • Representing you at any future police interview
  • Advising you on the law and the procedure
  • Representing you at Court if you are charged

We are able to assist anyone that has been released under investigation (RUI) by the police. If you had a lawyer at the police station but are not happy with them, we are able to take over conduct of your case.

Call us on 0333 016 3333 or compelte the form on this page and one of our lawyers will contact you.

Released under investigation enquiry

Complete the form below and one of our lawyers may be able to make enquiries with the police and assist you.