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Criminal Procedure

Categories of offence

Summary Offences These are the least serious offences and are always tried within the
Magistrates court. They include nearly all driving offences, Assault and Battery and Criminal
Damage worth less than £5,000. If a defendant pleads guilty, the Magistrates may sentence
immediately or they may…

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Police powers to grant bail

The police may release a suspect on bail while they make further inquiries. This means that
they are released from police custody on the condition that they return at a certain time.

The police can also give bail to a defendant who has been charged…

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3) Tina, aged 22 has been charged with dealing in heroin. She was caught with a
considerable amount of heroin in the back of the car. Tina has worked as a secretary
for the same employer since she left school at 16.


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