What is police bail?

What is police bail?

Police Bail means that you are being allowed to return home while the police wait for the results of the drug test. Bail is not freedom; it’s just a kind of waiting period. Police bail is usually for four weeks, because drug tests usually come back within four weeks. If they aren’t back after your bail period is up, bail will be extended until they do come back.

Bail also often has conditions, which means rules about what you can and can’t do which you have to obey in order to stay out of police custody (being locked up). For example, you might be under curfew (having to be at home by a certain time every evening) or prevented from going to certain places.  All police, everywhere, can check whether you have bail conditions, so if you’re stopped by the police, for any reason, while you’re on bail, it’s easy for them to find out that you are on bail and whether you have bail conditions.

Breaking bail conditions is called ‘breaching bail.’  If you’re reported as breaching your bail conditions more than once, bail might be removed, and you will be taken to Youth Court for a judge to decide whether to give you more bail, or keep you in custody.