We recently represented a client who had been prosecuted for not complying with a community order.
We explained that a person is guilty is there was no reasonable excuse for the breach or that he failed to provide written proof for missed appointment within 5 days of relevant date.
if found guilty, the court impose more onerous community requirements (eg extra unpaid work) or revoke and resentence for the original offence (this increases the likelihood of custody).
Our client pleaded not guilty and we provided the prosecution with an explanation for the missed appointments. This had been provided to them by the client previously. We explained to the prosecution how the explanation amounted to a “reasonable excuse” in law. Consequently, the prosecution were persuaded to drop the case against him.
Please contact us if you need help at court with such cases.