The Sentencing Council has issued a definitive guideline (‘the guideline’) for sentencing those offenders who have failed to comply, or breached, any court order imposed upon them and which further offences are known as ‘breach offences’ (‘breach offences’).
The guideline comes in to force on the 1st October 2018 and applies to all offenders aged over eighteen sentenced on or after the 1st October 2018, regardless of the date of the offence.
Nazaqat Maqsoom of Kangs Solicitors comments on the guidelines.
The Breach Offences | Kangs Criminal Defence Lawyers
The guidelines cover breaches of many orders including:
- a community order
- a suspended sentence order
- post-sentence supervision
- duty to surrender to bail
- a protective order (Restraining or Non Molestation Order)
- a sexual harm prevention order (the same also applies to breach of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and to breach of a Foreign Travel Order)
- an obligation to comply with notification requirements
- a Director’s Disqualification Order
- a Disqualification Order from keeping an animal
Consequences Of A Breach | Kangs Criminal Defence Team
- allow the courts to take a robust approach when dealing with breaches and
- in some circumstances, the courts may impose custodial sentences.
How We Can Help | Kangs Breach Offences Defence Solicitors
Given the potential severity of sentencing now available to courts, it is essential that expert legal advice is sought as soon as you become aware of any investigation being conducted arising from a breach offence.
Our team of experienced solicitors can ensure your interests are properly looked after and will offer support, guidance and will advise you at the police station, and at any subsequent court appearance that may be necessary.
Who Should I Contact? | Kangs National Criminal Defence Solicitors
Please feel free to contact our team through either of the following who will be happy to provide you with some initial advice and discuss any of the issues in this article which may be of interest to you.