Bail - Get Me Out of Here!
If you have been charged by the police they then have to decide whether to let you go or not. If the police decide to let you go, they can either just release you with a date to attend court or they can release you on "bail". Bail allows you to go free in relation to the offence you are charged with. It is always a requirement of bail that you attend court on your next court date. Other bail conditions may also be imposed. You will need to sign a form acknowledging your bail and any conditions before being released.
If the police do not let you go or give you bail, then you will be brought before a court where you can ask the court to grant you bail. Depending on the time of day, you may be kept in custody overnight before court opens the next day.
It is extremely important that you seek legal advice before being brought into court. Your first bail application is critical as it gets increasingly more difficult to get bail once you are bail refused.