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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 can impose conditions that you will have to obey during the term of the good behaviour bond. The maximum duration of a good behaviour bond is 5 years.
Section 9 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 is where this type of penalty is found. Section 9 states:
If you are sentenced to a section 9 bond, then you have been convicted of the offence, and it will appear on your criminal record. A section 9 bond is different to, and should not be confused with, a section 10 bond, which is not a conviction (but still appears on your criminal record for the duration of the bond).
There will always be a entry on your criminal record for the result you obtained at Court.
Being able to travel overseas whilst on a section 9 bond depends on two things:
You should get specific legal advice about your personal situation if you are unsure.
Community Corrections Supervision
The court can order that you be supervised by an officer of the NSW Community Corrections (formerly Probation and Parole). Normally a court will order that the supervision remain in place for as long as the Community Corrections deem it necessary.
The court can order that you attend for drug or alcohol abuse counselling, or anger management counselling , and make your attendance a condition of a good behaviour bond.
Residence at a rehabilitation centre
That you live at a particular rehabilitation centre for a period of time can be made a condition of the bond.
The court cannot make a condition of a bond that you pay compensation to the victim of a crime (section 95(c)(ii) Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999. Compensation orders are goverened by the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013.
If you obey the conditions of the good behaviour bond for the time set by the court there is no further penalty. However if you do not obey the conditions the court may summons you appear before the court to be re sentenced for the offence.
You can breach your section 9 good behaviour bond, by:
You may be summonsed to court for a breach of the good behaviour bond the court can do any one of the following:
If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.