January 31, 2014

AVO legal advice: ADVO (Apprehended Domestic Violence Order) / APVO (Apprehended Personal Violence Order)

If somebody is seeking an ADVO (Apprehended Domestic Violence Order) or an APVO (Apprehended Personal Violence Order) against you, you should seek legal advice form one of our domestic violence lawyers.

Some of the conditions that can be included on an AVO include that you are prohibited from approaching or contacting the protected person, or that you are prohibited from going to certain premises. As well as restricting your behaviour, an AVO is kept on police record and may affect your employment prospects and your eligibility for certain licences. Breaching an AVO is a criminal offence. The maximum penalty is two years imprisonment and a fine of $5,500.

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors are expert AVO lawyers who can give you the best legal advice about the options available to you.

You might choose to consent to the AVO. If you do, it is essential that you understand the potential consequences.  If you choose to defend the application for an AVO, O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors can provide you with expert representation in court in Sydney or anywhere in NSW.

If you are facing an AVO or AVDO, contact O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors on (02) 9261 4281 to set up a free appointment with the apprehended violence order defence lawyers in our Sydney office.

Note that the term used for an AVO in the United States is restraining order, and many people may refer to an AVO as a restraining order due to the influence of American popular culture. Indeed, these type of orders are known by various names within Australia:

New South Wales (NSW): Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs)

Victoria (VIC): Intervention Orders

Queensland (QLD): Protection Orders

Australian Capital Territory (ACT): Protection Orders

Northern Territory (NT): Domestic Violence Orders (DVOs)

South Australia (SA): Intervention Orders

Western Australia (WA): Violence Restraining Orders (VROs)

Tasmania (TAS): Family Violence Orders