Breaching Court Orders
The conditions of bail or probation can be very strict and, if not followed, can lead to a criminal charge of breaching a court order. Common violations of court orders are:
- Failing to show up to court
- Failing to complete community service
- Failing to pay restitution
- Failing to meet with a probation officer
- Failing to abide by bail conditions such as a house arrest or curfew
- Breaching a long term supervision order (LTSO)
Breaking the court ordered rules can have serious consequences such as a criminal record and up to 4 years in jail. Moreover, your bail or probation could be rescinded, landing you back behind bars and your sureties could lose money that was pledged as collateral to ensure court compliance. If you are charged and convicted of a breach, law enforcement will see you as less reliable which ultimately hurts all aspects associated with successful trials – including future releases from custody.
Breaching a LTSO
A long term supervision order is an order imposed by the court as a sentencing option to an offender who has been designated as a dangerous offender pursuant to section 753 of the Criminal Code.A long term supervision order can be made for a period of up to 10 years. During this time, individuals with LTSOs are supervised in accordance with the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and are required to abide by court ordered conditions. You will be charged with a criminal offence that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail if you do not comply with your supervision order.
LZZ has a history of successfully fighting allegations of breaching court orders. The most common defence is that of a lawful excuse. If we can establish that there was a legitimate reason that you did not comply with the court order you will be acquitted.
The criminal defence lawyers at LZZ have extensive experience successfully defending against all types of court order breaches. If you or someone you know has been charged with breaching a court order you should contact a criminal lawyer immediately to help determine the best defence. Call us at (416) 613-0416 or (416) 595-9500 or contact us online for a free consultation.