Wednesday, August 29, 2018

What You Have to Know About Criminal Cases and Peace Bonds

A peace bond is an important agreement that a person makes with the court. Because it is an official agreement, agreeing to it or being imposed with it has legal consequences that you have to understand. We’ll talk more about peace bonds in Canadian criminal cases below.

What is A peace Bond?

A peace bond is an official agreement between a person and a court stating that he or she will follow certain rules. The rules may involve refraining from certain actions such as possessing an object, contacting someone, or frequenting a certain place.

Peace Bond Validity

The section 18 of the Canadian criminal code says that a peace bond can last up to a year or 12 months.

Violation of a Peace Bond
Because a peace bond is a legal agreement with the court, violating the terms of the peace bond is considered as a criminal offence more so when proven to be done intentionally. This means that violating the terms of a peace bond can result in prosecution and/or being fined a penalty. The fine is stipulated in the agreement and can be as much as $2,000 for a single violation.

Violating a peace bond can result in jail time of up to 4 years for an indictment and 18 months if prosecuted by summary conviction.

When to Agree to a Peace Bond

It is best to agree to a peace bond when you’re sure that you understand the terms you’re agreeing to. There are times when the prosecutor may offer a peace bond in exchange for withdrawing charges such as in the case of domestic disputes and some abuse cases.

Meaning of Agreeing to a Peace Bond

It should be noted that agreeing to a peace bond does not mean an admission of guilt to any charge and hence will not be a part of your criminal record. It is simply an agreement stating that you will not do anything that is specifically stated in the peace bond.
Before you agree to a peace bond, it is best that you consult with a defence lawyer for guidance as well as making sure that you fully understand the agreement. Calvin Barry is a Toronto defence attorney who’ll be glad to help you. Talk to Calvin Barry today via Twitter or Facebook for a fast reply!