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  Criminals and the law
1: Someone breaks the law
2: Charges
3: Remand
4: Get ready for court
5: The Magistrates' Court
6: The Crown Court
7: The Sentence
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New laws about kids on the streets

 
Police station 2: Charges
The police officers who are finding out about the crime will question the arrested person.

This can go on for up to 72 hours. After this the police have three options.

  • Let the person go
  • Ask a magistrate for 24 hours more questioning time
  • Charge the person
Charging a person means formally accusing them of a crime. To do this the police must think that there is evidence to link them to the offence.


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