Failure to Appear Lawyer in Toronto

Failure to Appear is a relatively serious criminal offence and can attract jail sentences.  There are various circumstances in which the offence of Failure to Appear can occur, including:

  1. a) By not attending a first appearance in court;
  2. b) By not attending an appearance subsequent to the first appearance in court;
  3. c) By failing to attend a police station for fingerprints and photographs; etc.

There are various technical and substantive defences that can be raised against this charge.   A common defence raised is that the accused did not have the requisite mens rea to commit the offence.  The Crown must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused knew about the appearance, and failed to attend for it.

To speak to a Failure to Appear Lawyer, call (647) 878 – 6355.