Avoiding a custodial sentence for breach of Suspended Sentence Order

Rachel appeared in the Crown Court on behalf of a Defendant who had previously been convicted of a sexual offence and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register. He had received a Suspended Sentence Order (SSO) for the original offence, but had breached that Order and been advised that he could be facing a custodial sentence.

Rachel successfully persuaded the Judge that the SSO should not be activated and that there was no need to take any action on the breach other than to order the Defendant to pay some costs. Having attended Court in the belief that he could be sent immediately into custody, the client was extremely happy with the outcome of the hearing, and grateful to Rachel for her assistance in achieving such a welcome outcome.