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What's an Estreatment Hearing?
An Estreatment Hearing is bad news if you're out on bail. It means that you've been detected breaching one (or more) of your bail conditions and now the Crown Prosecutor wants to revoke your bail, have you re-arrested, and force your surety to pay the amount of money they pledged to the court if you were to break one of your bail conditions. For example, if your surety had bailed you out by pledging $20,000.00, at an estreatment hearing the Crown Prosecutor may seek to claim that $20,000 by Order of the Court.
What's a "Notice of Estreat Court Hearing"?
If you have breached one of your bail conditions (say, by failing to show up for a court date) your surety (or sureties) will receive a summons called a “Notice of Estreat Court Hearing” from the Superior Court of Justice, ordering you to appear before the presiding judge at a specific courthouse on a specific day and time.
What Happens At An Estreat Court Hearing?
Estreatment hearings are like mini-trials. They can be extremely complex, confusing and stressful to unrepresented individuals, particularly when large amounts of money are at stake.
Hire A Lawyer Who Will Fight For Your Rights
An experienced lawyer can help ensure that your surety does not end up forfeiting funds unnecessarily, either by convincing the Crown Prosecutor to abandon the estreatment case, or by convincing the Crown and Court to settle for a much smaller amount than what was originally pledged by your surety. Speak to a lawyer for FREE right now. Call (416) 400-6668 24/7.
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Check out a sample of our recent cases:
Case: R. v. O.A.*
Charges: While out on an earlier release order, O.A. was charged with:
1) Fail to Comply with a Release Order
2) Dangerous Operation
3) Failure to Provide a Breath Sample
4) Utter Threats (2 counts)
5) Criminal Harassment
6) Failure to Comply
7) Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle
8) Race Motor Vehicle
9) Failure to Stop for Police.
Result: Released on Bail
Case: R. v. K.I.*
Charges: Conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, where the indictable offences include:
1) Robbery with a Firearm
2) Disguise with Intent
3) Point Firearm
4) Threaten Death
5) Possession of a Weapon
6) Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
7) Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
8) Possession of a Prohibited Firearm with Ammunition
9) Possess Firearm Obtained By Crime
10) Careless use of a firearm
11) Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
Result: Released on Bail
Case: R. v. F.J.*
1) Impaired Driving
2) Two (2) Counts of Possession of Proceeds of Crime
3) Failure to Comply with a Release Order for an earlier Impaired Driving Charge
Story: F.J. was facing charges of DUI and failure to comply with a release order made in relation to possession of proceeds of crime (2) and failure to comply with an earlier release order made when F.J. was charged with impaired driving.
Result: After a Bail Review, our lawyer secured F.J.’s release from custody!
* Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results and may vary according to the facts in individual cases.
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