If you are charged for a minor offence, our legal team will ensure your stay at the police station is as brief as possible – day or night.
In these high stress situations, remembering your legal rights or knowing what to do if you’re detained by any of South Africa’s law enforcement agencies can be intimidating and overwhelming. With Breathe, if a subscribed member is arrested and requires a bail application for a minor offence, our legal team will provide assistance to make sure the correct procedures are followed and bail is posted. This should make your visit to the police station as short as possible.
Our Bail Assist Benefit includes
- Comprehensive legal advice in terms of your rights via telephone
- Making contact with the police officer on duty to validate the details of the arrest and bail
- Appointing an attorney who will report to the charge office at the police station, if necessary
- Posting bail once the charge sheet has been issued
- Keeping a friend/relative that you have nominated updated on the status of your case
The list of offences on which you can be advised are:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs
- Road traffic transgressions such as failure to pay speeding fines.
- Contempt of court for minor offences (for example- failing to make a court appearance to defend a traffic offence)
- Public disturbance
- Public consumption of alcohol
- Covid-19 Curfew Breach (National State of Disaster)
The service includes useful legal advice via telephone* concerning motor-related incidents, provided by qualified and professional legal advisors. This is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
*The first 30 minutes’ consultation is free.