Apprehended Violence Orders & Domestic Violence

If you have any problems with the either getting or defending any AVO contact The Criminal Law Centre Today on 02 9891 4200 or fill out an enquiry form here. Paul Wiggins is am available to help you 24/7. With over 33 years of experience and over 4,000 court attendances, you’ll be in the right hands. 

There are two types of Apprehended Violence Orders (or AVO’s):

  1. Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVO’s): being a Court order that protects a person from violence, threats and harassment from a spouse, de facto partner, ex-partner, family member, carer or person, who generally lives in the same home. These are applications generally made through a Police Officer, and are sometimes accompanied with substantive criminal charges.
  2. Apprehended Personal Violence Orders (AVPOs): being a Court order protecting a person from violence, threats and harassment from anyone you are not in a domestic or family relationship with, and have never been in a relationship in. These are applications generally made through a private solicitor.

AVO’s are a preventative measure from having someone stalk, intimidate, assault, threaten, harass, molest or interfere with your day to day life, including a person the protected person is in a relationship with. The words stalk, intimidate etc. are interpreted very widely.

The Criminal Law Centre can assist with all, aspects of any AVO proceedings. We are, having regard to the substantial experience of Paul Wiggins (i.e. exceeding 33 years as an admitted legal practitioner and over 4,000 court attendances) is able to negotiate or make representations with the Police (if you are a defendant) to have less onerous orders placed against you or attempt to have them withdrawn.

AVO’s can be made by consent and without admission. They are not a criminal conviction. However, certain activities including having a Security Industry licence or a firearms licence cannot occur if an AVO is in force or , has previously been made and has expired, in certain circumstances.

AVO’s can be varied. At times the Court must be satisfied that a charge in circumstances warrants the Variation. Breaching an AVO is a criminal offence.

If you are a defendant in any AVO, proceedings call us on (02) 9891 4200 or fill out our enquiry form to discuss how we can assist you. We’re here 24/7. 

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