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Bail applications – Reading what the court is thinking

Our client was on bail for drug and Proceeds of Crime offences. He was then allegedly caught participating in a clandestine drug laboratory as well having a substantial quantity of drugs in his premises.

He was then charged with very serious offences of Manufacturing and Supplying Prohibited Drugs.

Our initial advice was that he would not get bail without substantial securities (eg property and/or money) being offered to the court to secure his attendance at subsequent court appearances (this is the primary consideration in bail applications).

He insisted on making the application before these could be properly secured. Even with substantial security getting bail was going to be extremely difficult.

During the course of the application we gleaned that the Magistrate may well grant bail if substantial security was indeed presented (sensing this during an application is something that comes only after years of experience).

We immediately asked to have the proceedings adjourned so that we could provide the necessary evidence of the securities (title searches, mortgagee consents etc).

These were secured within days after intense work by our office and our client was released on bail.

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