Escape from lawful custody is a provision of the Criminal Code that mostly deals with individuals who think it’s a good idea to run away from the police following their arrest. It also covers individuals who escape from jail or do not comply with the terms of their parole.
Escape from Lawful Custody is a hybrid offence which means the crown can proceed by summary conviction or indictment. If the crown proceed summarily the maximum penalty is a $5,000 fine and/or 6 months in jail. If the crown proceeds by indictment the maximum sentence is two years in jail.