Procedure at the Police Station
If you have been charged with a drink driving offence, there’s a chance that you could be bailed back to the police station. This can be intimidating, but the fact that you were bailed back to the station could actually help your defence case. This is because it tends to only be the more complicated cases that result in bail backs. The more complicated a case is, the more chance there is of an error being made on the police’s part.
There are a number of different reasons why the police might bail you back to the station, rather than to court, and it’s crucial that we find out exactly what that reason is. In some cases, the reason for a bail back can be because there is insufficient evidence to lay charges. If you return to the station, one of the following may happen:
– You are provided with the results of your blood or urine sample
– You are interviewed under caution
– You are asked to partake in an identification parade
– You are provided with the results of your back calculation/expert report
– You are informed that the police are taking no further action
– You are formally charged with the offence.
If the police have not already taken your fingerprints and a DNA sample, you will be taken to a separate room for these to be taken from you.
What to Expect
When you return to the police station, it is important that you attend in good time. You may have to wait for some time before the officer in your case takes you through to the custody desk. Once at the custody desk you will need to provide your details (name, address, date of birth) to the custody sergeant.
The custody sergeant may give you a charge sheet (stating the alleged offence) and a new bail sheet (stating the date and time for court). The custody sergeant will inform you that if you fail to attend court at the appropriate time and date, you can be arrested and possibly sent to prison for breaching bail.
I should point out to you that a police station can be an upsetting place and quite intimidating for anyone not used to it. The custody desk, interview room and fingerprint room are usually very near to the police cells where various other people will be held in detention. Often these places can be very noisy with other detainees shouting abuse at anyone they see.
What to do Next
No matter the exact drink driving offence that you have been charged with, your best bet is to instruct a specialist motoring defence solicitor as soon as possible. Motoring law can be complicated and technical, which is why it’s essential to have the expertise and support of a solicitor. If you are convicted of a drink driving offence, it could have a number of implications, not to mention the possibility that you could be branded a high risk offender.
That’s why it’s crucial that you contact a drink driving solicitor as soon as possible.