What Is a Surety?
A Surety is an individual who is usually a friend or family member who comes to court and pledges to a justice of the peace to be responsible for the release of someone who has been criminally charged. In order to be a surety, someone must be at least 18 years of age, a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, and generally not have a criminal record of their own. The surety would have to show, not necessarily deposit, to the court that they have assets to cover the bail if it is breached. A surety must understand that they are responsible for the accused person and that the accused person must follow their rules. Sometimes a surety will have to speak shortly in a court to say they understand the responsibilities of being a surety and understand that if the accused person does not follow their rules and the bail order, then they must contact the police. If you do not want to be a surety any longer, you may stop acting at any time but you must attend at the courthouse where the bail order is in place and request to be removed from the justice of the peace. If the accused person does not have an alternate surety to replace you, then the accused person will go back to jail or a warrant for their arrest will be issued. If you have any questions about being a surety and need a criminal lawyer to assist the accused person who is a friend or family member, please contact us today.
At Scardicchio Law Office Professional Corporation, our Criminal Lawyers have the skills and knowledge to help you with being a surety for an accused person and helping get them released on bail. We regularly appear for our clients defending all charges in Brampton, Milton, Newmarket and Toronto. When you retain our office, you are hiring competent lawyers who will give you the time to explain your side of the story. We will review your disclosure once you have retained us and we will successfully defend your case in the courts. If you would like to discuss your criminal charge, please contact us at (647) 607-7529 and speak to a Criminal Lawyer immediately in a free, no-obligation telephone consultation. We want to help you through this difficult time, and our primary focus above all is to have your domestic assault charge withdrawn in order to ensure that you do not receive a criminal record.
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