Criminal Law - What are the General Process or Steps to Follow in the Event of an Arrest?

Published 17 July 2017

Question: My son was arrested by Dubai Police some time ago and is now being kept in central jail. I need to help him but I don’t know what to do. Do you have any suggestions?

Answer: From my point of view, the best way to help your son would be to appoint a lawyer, who would be able to visit him in the prison, listen to what he says and advise him on the likely outcomes of his particular situation. In most cases, his lawyer will have the right to apply for bail, by keeping some guarantee such as his passport or another person’s (guarantor) passport until the end of the criminal investigation. This is according to Article No 111, 112, 113, 114, 115 and 116 of the UAE Criminal Procedures Law. It should be noted that the granting of bail is up to prosecutors and the courts whether to accept the request or not. After the prosecution investigation is finished and the case is transferred to the criminal court, the lawyer will be able to get a copy of the case file, study the case and advise him on his best strategy to defend himself in court.

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