4. Know what happens if you don’t follow your bail
Question & AnswerWhat are bail conditions?
It is important that you understand the conditions you’re being asked to follow. You must follow every condition of your .
What the police can do
If you don’t follow your bail conditions, you can be and criminally charged with failing to comply with your bail This is also called a breach of bail conditions.
- they have to believe you did not follow your bail conditions, or
- your has decided they no longer want to act as surety for you.
If this happens, when you’re arrested, you will be held in for another . At the bail , you will have to show the court why you should be released while your criminal matters are being considered by the courts.
Being charged with “ with ” can mean:
- it may be more difficult for you to get bail in the future,
- if you’re charged with another criminal in the future, the Crown will be less likely to release you on bail; they will probably ask that you be instead
- it will be less likely that you’ll be allowed to use the .
Section 524 application
The Crown may make a Section 524 application to the court. This is also known as a bail revocation application. If the application is approved, your original bail will be cancelled and the new bail hearing will be about all of your outstanding charges: the first offence, the second offence, and the failure to comply with your recognizance . This will make it more difficult for you to be released on bail.
Your surety can revoke or cancel your bail at any time. Your surety does not need a reason to cancel your bail, but they may decide to cancel your bail if they believe:
- you have already not followed a condition of your bail, or
- you’re not going to follow a condition of your bail in the future.
If this happens, a surety warrant will be issued for your . If a has been issued for your arrest, you should:
- contact a lawyer as soon as possible
- find someone else who can act as your surety and ideally meet the same terms as your previous surety, and
- turn yourself in as soon as possible.