Apprehended violence order: contravene prohibition/restriction in AVO, abusive Facebook message:Police v LO

Apprehended violence order – contravene prohibition/restriction in AVO, Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 Section 14(1) – abusive Facebook message – charges withdrawn – case dismissed


The victim and LO were in a feud, and as a result of that feud the victim had taken out an apprehended violence order (AVO) against LO. At 1 am on the morning of the alleged incident, the victim attended a police station and presented police with a screenshot of an abusive Facebook message. The message was from an account with LO’s name. If LO was behind the message it would have constituted a breach of the AVO conditions.


Given that police were only shown a screenshot of the message (as opposed to the actual interactive Facebook page), O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors raised the possibility that the Facebook message was sent from a fraudulent account set up in LO’s name. It was also possible that someone else had access to LO’s Facebook account. On the strength of these arguments that charge was withdrawn and the case dismissed.

Contact O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors on (02) 9261 4281 to set up a free appointment with an experienced Sydney AVO Lawyer.


O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors
p: 02 9261 4281
a: Level 4, 219-223 Castlereagh St,
Sydney NSW 2000

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