Electronic tagging or Home Detention Curfews (HDC) allows a prisoner to be released early from jail, subject to agreeing to be “tagged” so movements can be monitored.
It is also necessary to agree to abide by a curfew.
The HDC scheme is open to prisoners serving sentences of between two weeks and up to four years. HDC enables prisoners to be released early by between 14 and 135 days, depending on sentence.
Prisoners complete a form around ten weeks before the proposed release date – and before tagging can be agreed, a risk assessment is needed.
It is important to seek legal advice on HDC applications before the application form is completed.
The form will ask for details of an address where the curfew will be imposed – taking legal advice early can help assess the chances of HDC being granted and prepare any appeal needed in case an application for early release under HDC is rejected.
A curfew address will be subject to inspection by the Probation Service – and choosing a suitable address can mean the difference between a successful HDC application and having to appeal a decision.
Duncan Lewis prison law solicitors have considerable experience in successfully advising prisoners on HDC applications – and also helping prisoners refused HDC to make a successful appeal.
Duncan Lewis can also prepare prisoners for early release – making sure they understand their obligations under the HDC scheme and any possible consequences if, for example a curfew is broken.
Duncan Lewis prison law solicitors can also advise on changing a curfew address – and all other matters which may occur during the HDC.
Call Duncan Lewis as soon as possible for legal advice on HDC applications and appeals, or any other prison law matter.
There are Duncan Lewis offices nationwide and our prison law solicitors regularly visit police stations, prisons and courts to advise on criminal law and prison law.
For expert legal advice on HDC applications and HDC appeals, call Duncan Lewis prison law solicitors on 020 7923 4020.
For urgent prison law advice or 24/7 help at a police station, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 020 7275 2036.
Under reforms to Legal Aid, Duncan Lewis is no longer able to offer public funding for HDC applications and appeals.
However, Duncan Lewis prison law solicitors are usually able to offer competitively priced fixed fees to our clients, with notice of legal costs in advance whenever possible.
To speak to one of our prison law experts about HDC applications and appeals, call Duncan Lewis prison law solicitors now on 020 7923 4020.