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A good behaviour bond is an order of the court

A good behaviour bond is an order of the court that requires you to be of good behaviour for a specified period of time. The court will impose conditions that you will have to obey during the term of the good behaviour bond.

When a magistrate decides to impose a good behaviour bond, there are some general considerations that need to be made on whether or not a conviction will be recorded. Using s 8 of Victoria’s Sentencing Act as an example, a magistrate may take into account:

  • the severity of the offence
  • the character and history of the person
  • any impact a conviction will have on a person’s economic and social well being, along with their future employment prospects.

Young and first time offenders generally receive the benefit of a good behaviour bond, which is encapsulated in s 83A of Victoria’s Sentencing Act allowing a magistrate to defer a sentence for six months for an individual who is found guilty of an offence, and who is under the age of 25.

Disclaimer : This article is just a summary of the subject matter being discussed and should not be regarded as a comprehensive legal advice for you to defend yourself alone. If you are charged with criminal offences, it is recommended that you seek legal assistance from criminal lawyers.

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