Apply for or defend an apprehended violence order
Apprehended violence orders (AVOs) are put in place by the court to protect a person from violence, harassment or intimidation from someone else. A person who has an AVO taken out against them may be restricted from contacting the complainant or keep a certain distance from their home or work.
If you apply for an AVO and it’s successful, the defendant doesn’t receive a criminal record unless the AVO is breached which will be considered a criminal offence. Contact us today for more information on applying for an AVO or defending yourself against one.
If you believe your safety is at risk, speak to our criminal defence lawyer’s at Spencer Lawyers.
Defending an AVO
Have you been served an AVO based on false or misleading information? Our criminal defence lawyers can help fight against unwarranted AVO claims. We’ll need to prove that the applicant does not have genuine fears for their safety and that there are no reasonable grounds of the fears to exist.
We’ll defend your case to have your AVO withdrawn. Alternatively you may be required to undertake written negotiations to promise the court that neither party will engage in the accused behaviour. If you’ve been given an AVO, get the defence you need at Spencer Lawyers.
What happens when an AVO is breached?
Contravening an AVO is considered a criminal offence and can result in imprisonment for up to 2 years with a maximum fine of $5,500. If an AVO has been breached with an act of violence, the court needs a very good reason to not imprison the defendant. Alternatively, if there is an attempt to contravene the AVO, that person is considered guilty as if the offence attempted had been committed. If you have been charged with breaching an AVO, make an appointment with Spencer Lawyers today. We’ll work hard to help you put forward the best possible defence for your case.