Even the most law abiding citizens may find themselves in Court. In the event that you need to attend court, there are two possibilities:

  • If the police or the court has placed you on a bail agreement, then you MUST attend court.
  • If you are not on bail the lawyers can attend court on your behalf.

Upon being charged with an offence, the police may or may not decide to arrest you. If they do place you under arrest, a visit to the police station is necessary for charging. Being released on ‘bail’ is when the police decide to release you from the station, and you can remain free in relation to the charged offence. There are a few requirements of bail, and attending court on the given date is a primary requirement.

If the police do not want to release you, nor release you on bail, here presents the need to go before a court where you seek bail from the court. Once the matter is in court, only a Magistrate or Judge can grant bail.

Bail variation applications are possible if you need to travel interstate whilst on bail not to leave the state. Before your first court date, you will probably be on police bail, which means that we will negotiate directly with the police to vary the bail agreement.

If the police will not vary your bail, then we can apply to the court to vary the bail, either on or after the date of your first court hearing. Once in court, only a Magistrate or Judge can vary your bail.

If the prosecution opposes the bail variation, the application can become more complex. We will put forward the strongest possible case for your bail variation. Call our experienced Adelaide lawyers today on 08 7132 5636 to discuss your options regarding bail.