The outcome of the investigation
The police will let you know within 5 working days of the suspect being:
- released without charge
- released on bail
- given a caution, reprimand, final warning or penalty notice
You will get this information within 1 working day if you’ve been the victim of a serious crime, have been repeatedly targeted, or are intimidated or vulnerable, eg aged under 18.
If a suspect is released without charge or given a caution, reprimand, final warning or penalty notice, your case won’t go to court.
You can still get support if you need it. Enter your postcode in the box at the bottom of this page to find help where you live.