Released Under Investigation (RUI)

Reliable advice when released under investigation
Legally reviewed by: Kevin Waddingham

Police interviews can be intimidating and frightening. If you’re released under investigation following an interview, you might be worried about what comes next or stressing about what to do. Cartwright King’s dedicated Criminal Defence Team can bring clarity to your situation and offer reliable advice to ease your anxiety.

For help from Criminal Defence Lawyers that are calm and collected under pressure, get in touch with Cartwright King now. 

How Cartwright King Can Help You When Released Under Investigation

Cartwright King’s dedicated Criminal Defence Team can find out if you will be subject to any further police interviews if you have been released under investigation. If so, we can represent you at any police station across the UK. We will do everything possible to get any investigation dropped as quickly as possible. We can help with:

  • Making inquiries to preserve evidence
  • Obtaining witness statements
  • Pre-charge advice or second opinions if you already have a solicitor
  • Court representation 

Why Choose Cartwright King if You’re Released Under Investigation?

Criminal defence is our forte that’s why our lawyers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure that you have legal advice and representation when you need it most. 

70% of our cases involve defending against criminal charges. Our reputation is built on successfully clearing people accused of criminal activity. We’re trusted, resourceful  and calm under pressure, giving you defence counsel that you can count on.

Unique Advocacy Services

We can represent you at every stage of your case. Our unique advocacy services give you legal representation from the police station through to the Higher Courts. When you need us most, we will be there with the legal know-how and calm head to guide you through your case.

Free, Initial Phone Conversation

If you’re in the dark following your release under investigation, get in touch with our dedicated Criminal Defence Team now for a free, no obligation chat. If you’re unsure what to do or what your legal rights are, there’s no substitute for talking to a specialist Criminal Defence Lawyer.

You’re under no pressure to instruct, this is an opportunity to explain your circumstances and find out the options available to you.

The discussion is completely free, informal and confidential and allows us to:

  • Get to know you
  • Understand your circumstances
  • Agree how you want to proceed

We're here for you.

Frequently asked questions.

What does released under investigation mean?

It means that you are suspected of criminal activity and an investigation has been opened against you in connection with a crime. You won’t have been charged, but the police still consider you to be a suspect.

The police will make inquiries to determine whether or not you should be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and they can seize your personal property as evidence.

You will be notified of the outcome of an investigation against you at ‘some point in the future.’ However, there’s no maximum time limit on an investigation, which means you could be left waiting days, weeks, months or even years not knowing whether the police will charge you or drop the investigation against you.

What can I do if I am released under investigation?

You can go about your day-to-day life as ‘normal’, but you will be under the watchful eye of the police. This can cause immense stress and anxiety knowing that your every move is likely being monitored, and you may find that you can’t go about your life as you usually would because you’re under close scrutiny.

If you have been released under investigation, there are things you can do to be proactive in protecting yourself. You can instruct Cartwright King’s professional Criminal Defence Team if you were not represented at your initial police interview.

Our team will maintain contact with the police, informing you of any developments in your case. Having legal representation in place early ensures that we can build the best possible case to get any investigation against you dropped.

What happens to me after an investigation is completed?

One of two things will happens when a police investigation against you is concluded:

The case against you will be dropped, meaning that you are no longer under investigation.

You will be formally charged, recalled to the police station and arrested. Alternatively, you may be issued with a ‘postal requisition’ – this is a letter sent to your home address notifying you of the crime or crimes you have allegedly committed and a date that you must attend Court.

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