OTTAWA CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYER – When you have been charged with an Ontario offence and released on bail, there are conditions you must follow upon your release from custody.
As a lawyer who has defended public demonstration participants in the past, I read with interest the story of the charged G20 demonstrators who had special conditions applied to their bail arrangements – some of them were not allowed to speak to each other outside of a courtroom setting, and further still, some are being barred from participating in public demonstrations during their bail period.
If you successfully apply for bail, the next few months will not be easy. You will likely be under supervision, and you may have to refrain from certain activities. Even if these restrictions seem unfair or unnecessarily hurtful to you and your family, you must follow them! Here’s what happens if you don’t:
- You may be arrested, with more criminal charges added.
- You may have to attend a “contested bail hearing,” where the judge is likely to put an end to your current release from custody.
- You will have significantly lower chances, in the future, of successfully applying for a bail or release from custody.
- Favourable negotiations with the Crown, on your original charges, will be much more difficult.
If you do feel that your bail conditions are unfair, there is an option – discuss your release documents with your criminal defence lawyer. He or she may be able to successfully have the conditions changed.
If you have been arrested and charged with a criminal offence in Ontario, and have questions about your release or bail, a top criminal lawyer can provide the answers you need. For more information, contact the Ottawa defence lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth by email [email protected] or by phone at (613) 233-4529.