A Record of Interview forms part of a criminal investigation and people may be released without being charged. However, this does not mean that the police will not charge an accused person at a later stage.
Police members can charge people by way of a ‘summons’ to attend Court if they had not charged at the time of the interview. Alternatively, they can arrange a time for you to attend the police station to be placed on bail.
Legal representatives ask police questions prior to giving legal advice. It may be that the police officer will advise the legal representative that they will be charging the accused person. This assists with legal representatives giving people who are going to be interviewed advice regarding answering questions in the interview or likelihood of a remand application by the police.
Recent Bail Act changes have resulted in many criminal charges resulting in police remand applications.