People often come into our office saying “oh it’s nothing, this is my first offence, why do I need to pay for a lawyer?”
Many people do not realize that offences against the justice system are treated very seriously, even for first time offenders. Why?
Imagine if word got out that some guy breached a court order but was treated with leniency. This would tend to discourage people from wanting to follow their own Court orders.
Examples of offences against the administration of justice are:
- Not following a family Court order or other order of a judge;
- Breaching probation;
- Breaching an undertaking, recognizance or otherwise breaching bail conditions;
- Failing to adhere to a conditional sentence order (usually, but not always, house arrest breaches);
- Not following a peace bond / section 810 order / recognizance to keep the peace;
- Obstructing a police officer in the lawful execution of his duties (often by giving a false name);
- Resisting arrest;
- Obstruction of Justice and Perjury.
If you have been charged with any of these things, you should get a criminal defence lawyer immediately.