Choosing the right AVO lawyer can make a huge difference to the final result.
If an AVO application has been made against you, it is very important to seek legal advice from an experienced criminal lawyer. The court has the power to order an AVO in your absence, so it is very important that you attend court on your ‘mention’ date.
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An Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) application is usually made when a person alleges that they are in need of protection from another person. The person seeking the AVO is called the ‘protected person’.
There are two types of AVOs / Apprehended Violence Orders:
ADVOs are issued in circumstances where a domestic or family relationship exists. Domestic relationships include:
APVOs are issued in circumstances where the parties are not involved in a domestic or family relationship.
There are three standard conditions that are included in an AVO. These are referred to as ‘mandatory conditions’. These conditions prohibit you from doing the following:
However, the court can make additional orders if it feels that this would be appropriate. For example, the court might prevent you from going near the protected person, or going near their workplace.
There are two ways that an Apprehended Violence Order application can be made:
If a private application is made, the AVO proceedings become a ‘civil matter’ (as opposed to a criminal matter).
If the court decides not to make an AVO in a civil matter, there is often an opportunity to ask the court to make a costs order against the person who initiated the proceedings. If the court makes this order, the person seeking the AVO will have to pay some of your legal fees.
While AVOs will not show up on your criminal record, they will still show up on a background check. This could affect many areas of your life, including your employment.
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