RELEASE UNDER INVESTIGATION
Important Notice – On 28 October 2022, the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 amendments to the pre-charge bail provisions in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 came into effect. They eliminated the presumption against pre- charge bail. The police are now encouraged to use pre-charge bail where necessary and proportionate rather than RUI which is likely to be phased out. However, if you are currently subject to RUI or are released under investigation (due to pre-charge bail being deemed unnecessary and disproportionate), Sohail can advise and represent you.
Sohail Bashir is a Freelance Solicitor with years of experience and expertise in criminal law. He is 100% committed to every one of his clients and, if you have been released under investigation (RUI), he will apply his legal and technical expertise to pressure the police to conclude their investigation. At the same time, Sohail will provide representations to show any suspicions the police have concerning your involvement in the offence they are investigating are unfounded.
Sohail can take the following actions on your behalf:
Liaise directly with custody/investigating officers and discover the exact nature of the offence and the reasons they suspect your involvement.
Establish the evidence the police are relying on or have relied on when deciding to release you under investigation.
Put forward new evidence that supports the argument that the police should terminate any investigation against you.
Arrange for any seized personal property to be returned.
Contact the police regularly to establish how investigations are progressing and determine a time frame regarding completion.
Keep you regularly updated as to the progress of your case so you never feel unsure about what is happening.
What is released under investigation?
If you have been RUI, the police suspect you are or have been involved in criminal activity but need time to investigate the matter and gather further evidence. To bring a prosecution against you, the police must present a case to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and demonstrate:
a) There is enough evidence to bring a prosecution, and
b) It is in the public interest to do so.
Releasing you under investigation allows the police to continue enquiring about your alleged involvement in an offence. RUI also allows the police to seize your personal property, for example, your laptop, car, or mobile phone for the purposes of conducting their investigations.
How long can I be subject to RUI?
One of the biggest criticisms of RUI is that, unlike pre-charge bail, there are no time limits to how long a person may remain under investigation. Complex cases can take months or even years to investigate, especially those involving cross-border elements. And although you may be tempted to contact the police to find out how the investigation is progressing, this is not always in your best interests.
With his years of experience and refusal to take no for an answer, Sohail will undertake all communications with the police on your behalf. By instructing him, you will have a highly experienced, ferociously motivated expert on your side demanding that the police swiftly undertake their investigations and end your involvement in the matter.
How can Sohail help with RUI?
As a fully qualified Freelance Solicitor regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Law Society, Sohail is bound by professional codes of conduct. In most instances, he can personally manage every aspect of your case and will ensure you receive the highest quality legal advice and professional service
If you have been arrested or asked to come to the police station to answer questions, please email Sohail immediately: