You’ve been released under investigation – what does it mean?

You’ve been released under investigation – what does it mean?

If this has happened to you then it should mean that any police investigation into your alleged behaviour is still ongoing.  The police should intend to notify you of the decision as to whether or not you will be prosecuted at some point in the future.

Often the effect of being released under investigation is that suspects will find that their lives are put on hold in many ways.  It might be that the original allegation is a serious one so it is hard to get on with your life as normal.  Your studies or career might be suffering while you are released under investigation due to a lack of knowledge of what is happening.

You might not know when property such as telephones or computers are to be returned.  Potential witnesses might be waiting to see if they will be spoken to by the police.

Until you hear from the police it will be hard to put the matter to the back of your mind and impossible to forget about it, even where you know that you were not in the wrong.

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