Breach or Disobeying a Court Order

Breach or Disobeying a Court Order

A breach charge may arise if you failed to follow or not follow a Court order.

As any court of justice can issue an order; you must abide by them unless you have a lawful excuse (which includes a medical emergency).

The consequence of Disobeying a Court Order could be up to 2 years of imprisonment.

You must always abide by the limitations of your probation. The only time a breach is permitted is with a “lawful excuse”.

The consequence of breaching your probation is called a Failure to Comply and could lead to up to 4 years of imprisonment.

An Undertaking is when you are released on a promise to appear, with the standard condition, keep the peace and be of good behaviour. Other conditions are often imposed such as not to communicate with a certain individual, or not to possess weapons.

The punishment for this breach could be up to 2 years imprisonment.

If you are put on a Peace Bond, this is not an admission of criminal or civil liability, but you are required to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for the duration of the bond usually for a year. The punishment for this breach could be up to 4 years of imprisonment.

Any sort of a court order, be it a summons, promise to appear, recognizance or undertaking is a court order requiring you to attend court. Failure to do this will result in this charge and can lead to a jail sentence that could carry a minimum of 30 days.

When charged with breaching a Court order, most people feel that they should either explain why they breached to the police or why they were confused about the Court order in the first place. That said, this always leads to an accused person saying something that only helps solidify their future conviction. For this reason, exercise your right to remain silent, and explain these issues to East Law. Counsel at East Law will take what you say into account in defending your case and phrase your concerns to the Prosecutor and Court in a way that avoids this pitfall.


    • Mark/Brenda Parfett Avatar
      Mark/Brenda Parfett

      John East is by far the best, most outstanding defense lawyer in the Hamilton/G.T.A., area!! We hired him to defend our son against a couple of charges. He listened and did not judge. He began working diligently on the case and patiently answered all of our questions and concerns, either in person or by phone/text messages. John was thorough and... Read more

    • Alyssa Speicher Avatar
      Alyssa Speicher

      John East is an Amazing lawyer! My husband and I contacted John East after firing our previous attorney, my husband was being charged with horrible charges. John East immediately went to work on his case and for his trial! John East did an absolute fantastic job when it came to representing my husband. He was kind, compassionate and direct. John... Read more

    • Christopher E Avatar
      Christopher E

      I was looking for a free lawyer consultation so I googled such and came across Attorney John East and his firm East Law. I made it clear I had limited resources and was looking for legal advice on a neighbour dispute that was getting out of hand with police involvement. Mr. East listened extremely well without judgement and gave me... Read more

    • Eamonn Kelly Avatar
      Eamonn Kelly

      Mr East and I met by chance just as I needed legal representation and I am glad we did. He immediately went to work for me, in a calming, compassionate manor. He was flexible, prompt, thorough, prepared, and professional. He clearly explained my situation, what his representation could offer vs. self representation and I immediately hired him.... Read more

    • Mike Ross Avatar
      Mike Ross

      Mr. East is professional and fast but most important curtious and friendly. He returned my call and gave me excellent advice. I suggest that he should be considered in your case and life. Thank You for your help J. Mike

    • Dave Stevens Avatar
      Dave Stevens

      I was worried about what my outcome was going to be until I had my first sit down with East Law. Thanks to John and the team at East Law, my case didn’t even make it to trial and my charges were withdrawn. John and his team did an amazing job on informing me what was going on and messaging... Read more

    • Amy Komocsi Avatar
      Amy Komocsi

      John East was the best decision I've ever made. He was always responsive and honest, kept us informed at all stages, and was very supportive of my teenage son (who unfortunately made a bad decision). John worked hard to research and bring forth good arguments for our case. I feel like he gave 100%. We had a favourable outcome. I... Read more

    • KITSCH Avatar

      AMAZING LAWYER got my charges withdrawn. fast.. ! great guy too! very professional

    • Kaitlin Stewart Avatar
      Kaitlin Stewart

      John East is professional and knowledgeable!! He is confident!! He is straight up!! In The end he will get you the best outcome!!!!!

    • John Dough Avatar
      John Dough

      Mr East is professional and caring He sees people innocent until proven guilty not guilty until proven innocent I highly recommend him to anyone and everyone in need of a criminal matter Mr East had gotten me accuited of all charges and I'm very thankful I can move forward with my life Mr East is an amazing lawyer and deserves... Read more

    • Badasssavage 1111 Avatar
      Badasssavage 1111

      I appreciate the hard work put into my case and very pleased with the end results. I recommend John East

    • Blake (Balak) Avatar
      Blake (Balak)

      John East is a legend and a life savior!With his compassion and Hard work behind each case, he truly stops at nothing to make sure you are ultimately satisfied with your outcome. He has went above and beyond for my case and I am so grateful to have such an intelligent, courageous and talented lawyer to be represented by. THANK... Read more

    • Tia Lane Johnson Avatar
      Tia Lane Johnson

      John is passionate about law and I found him very intelligent, speaks articulately. I especially enjoy his "A Winning Approach" talks on900 CHML.Most importantly, John is a Fighter....that is what you want in the Courtroom. A fighter that not only throws a good punch....but can take the punch back and not go down. Performance is everything in the... Read more

    • tatiana shevtsova Avatar
      tatiana shevtsova

      John East is a miracle worker! being a permanent resident and facing immigration problems for DUI, John saved my life. I got careless driving instead and no criminal record. I had to switch a lawyer because he was useless and simply didn't care, thank god someone recommend me John! He took his time to explain every single detail.He was... Read more

    • Ryan Barber Avatar
      Ryan Barber

      Saved my life and healed my soul:Please read my story if you're seeing this because this man, as a lawyer and as a human being, was everything and beyond what I could have ever hoped for.I was charged with a multitude of charges stemming from an incident that occurred over 2 years ago. Since then, I have been dealing with... Read more

    • Hammertown Avatar

      Mr East has gone above and beyond to help me through an otherwise daunting legal ordeal. He provided a comfortable space to discuss the case and relevant personal history. He was friendly and welcoming and willing to take the time to anwser my many questions. Mr. East went beyond his title requirements to help put my mind at ease during... Read more

    • Jennie Worsley Avatar
      Jennie Worsley

      Mr East is an amazing lawyer and knows exactly what to do to win your case. He is extremely professional, responsive and VERY sharp. Highly recommend.

    • Lyall-Rose Mokus Avatar
      Lyall-Rose Mokus

      John East has been very knowledgeable and very helpful with my son's case. I highly recommend him.

    • Leanne Dobbie Avatar
      Leanne Dobbie

      He has great communication! While dealing with my boyfriend he was more then great! He has been very reassuring and always stated the most realistic outcomes. I suggest him as a lawyer not only for his honesty and respect but for also for his integrity.

    • Mirko Bucik Avatar
      Mirko Bucik

      When it comes to legal representation John East will be the Harvy Specror of Hamilton.I listened to John's radio ad and who he said he is in the ad, is exactly who you get in person, the real deal. If he keeps it up he'll be the peoles champ.I spent 2 months purring over case law and familiarizing myself with... Read more

    • Naomi Sherwin Avatar
      Naomi Sherwin


    • I Am Avatar
      I Am

      John East IS DA MAN! Young energetic responsive attention to CONSTITUTIONAL LAW “GRANTED” & SO “BESTOWED” By the Constitution Of Canada 🇨🇦 To ALL OF ITS “37 Million” Canadian 🇨🇦 Citizens, Whom “ individually” and “COLLECTIVELY”. CALL 📞THIS GREAT 👍 COUNTRY CANADA 🍁 🇨🇦 , ITS HOME 🏡 & NATIVE LAND❣️💕💌 🧑‍💻🌈💝🚀❣️

    • Sandy Mahon Avatar
      Sandy Mahon

      I was referred to John through the Law Society to assist me on a very stressful legal matter. He was very responsive and confident we could achieve positive results.He guided me through every step of the process and ultimately had my charges withdrawn! It was so much more than I had hoped for! Thank you John for all your hard... Read more

    • QUAD A RENO Avatar

      Absolute the best lawyer helped me with my case from to beginning to finish and would recommend to anyone.. great lawyer to work with thanks alot john.

    • Rochelle Lamb Avatar
      Rochelle Lamb

      I love it here, its clean and bright, and the staff are super friendly!

    • chris cdyan Avatar
      chris cdyan

      John East the absolute the best lawyer , excellent prep work before the trial , fantastic out come , very impressed by his trial experience , highly recommend John East if you want to win your case.

    • Ben Hudson Avatar
      Ben Hudson

      Experienced excellent legal representation from John at East Law. He built a strong case and handled everything in a prompt and diligent manner. I was thoroughly impressed by his trial experience and preparedness. His cross-examination made all the difference to get the desired outcome. Everything was communicated to me effectively and efficiently throughout the entire process. Would highly recommend John... Read more

    • Brandon Davies Avatar
      Brandon Davies

      I must say thank you. John is a great lawyer and I was very lucky to have found him. From start to finish I was given everything I could of asked for.I'm so proud of you John and keep up the good work.Hands down the best!

    • Silvana deBoer Avatar
      Silvana deBoer

      John is an exceptionally talented criminal defence lawyer! He gives each case the attention it deserves and more! He will fight for you every step of the way!

    • Manny M Avatar
      Manny M

      John East is an amazing defense lawyer, he takes his time to understand what the case is about and is determined to find the best way to defend it. In addition, John made sure to update me as my case progressed and that I understood what was happening at every step. As a result, John was able to resolve the... Read more

    John East


    B.A. (Hons), M.A., J.D.

    John East lives for a fight. He is not afraid to throw a punch and is certainly not afraid to take a punch. He then became a Criminal Defence Lawyer. Having spent many years working on a farm, John East understands that hard work is what wins out at the end of the day. He applies this motto to every case that he defends, no matter what.