|What happens when the offender is identified?|
|If the offender is arrested, will they be released on bail?|
|What occurs when a offender is granted bail by the Courts?|
|Breach of bail|
When the police identify the offender, attempts will be made to locate and question them regarding the offence(s). Where there is sufficient reliable evidence, criminal proceedings against the offender will be commenced and the offender charged with the offence(s). The police will advise you when the offender is charged and provide details of the charges and conditions of any bail should it be granted. You have the right to know the name of the person charged and the charges laid. You have the right to know the date and location of the court the suspect will appear at in relation to the charge(s).
If no charge(s) are laid against the offender you will be informed of the reasons for this.
If the offender cannot be located by police you will be informed of this. All reasonable avenues of investigation will be made to locate the offender. However, if the offender cannot be located police will record them as wanted for questioning until they are located.
Bail and bail conditions are a matter for the courts - however you should inform the investigating police of any concerns you have about the offender being granted bail and the conditions of their bail.
You will be informed if the offender is released on bail and of the conditions imposed by the courts.
If an offender is to be granted bail, the police will normally ask the court to impose bail conditions. The usual condition of bail is that the offender is to have no contact, directly or indirectly with you or any other material witnesses. Depending on the circumstances additional bail conditions may be imposed.
If an offender breaches or breaks any conditions of the bail they commit an offence and can be placed back before the courts for the breach of bail.
- If a breach of bail occurs e.g. the offender is harassing you or your family - immediately contact the police
- The court will consider the circumstances surrounding the breach of bail and may order that the offender remain in custody or impose further conditions of bail to abide by.
More information about Bail is available on the ODPP web site, which can be found at