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What Happens if I Breach an Apprehended Violence Order in New South Wales?

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A Tasmanian Supreme Court judge is facing criminal charges over allegations he contravened an apprehended violence order  on three separate occasions while he was in New South Wales. The back story 62-year old Justice Gregory Geason pleaded not guilty in...

How To Get an Apprehended Violence Order Dismissed in NSW

Having an application for an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) made against you can be a stressful experience, especially if the grounds upon which it is based are exaggerated or simply untrue. But the fact an AVO application has been made...

How to Defend an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) in New South Wales

Having an application for an apprehended violence order (AVO) made against you can be stressful and indeed frustrating, especially where the grounds of complaint are false or do not tell the complete story. You’re immediately on the defensive, being put...

What Happens If a Domestic Violence Complainant Fails to Attend Court?

Criminal defence lawyers are often asked what will happen if the complainant - also known as the alleged victim - in a case involving accusations of domestic violence fails to attend the Local Court on the ‘hearing date’, which is...

Can Sending Excessive Text Messages Amount to a Criminal Offence?

Criminal defence lawyers are often called upon to represent clients in cases where there is animosity between two parties but no accusation of violence, deprivation of liberty or appropriation of property - but where the conduct which forms the basis...

Property Recovery Orders in NSW: Getting Your Property Back in Domestic Violence Situations

In cases where Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) are taken out in New South Wales, the courts and the police have powers to make arrangements for the parties to get their belongings back from one another through what is known...

What Are the Conditions of Apprehended Violence Orders in New South Wales?

Apprehended violence orders in New South Wales come in two broad categories - apprehended domestic violence orders (ADVOs) which are intended to protect a person from someone with which they have or had a domestic relationship (such as a current...

A Guide to Apprehended Violence Orders in the Children’s Court

The procedures for cases brought before the Children’s Court can be quite different from those which apply to adults in the Local Court.  This is no different when it comes to cases where an application for an apprehended violence order...

Can I Visit My Children If I Have an AVO?

Feeling that you’ve been unjustly separated from your children can be an incredibly painful experience. And while the mandatory conditions of an Apprehended Violence Order (or ‘AVO’) will not prevent you from visiting or even living with your kids, additional...

Police May Use Serious Crime Prevention Orders to Combat Domestic Violence

As domestic violence offences continue to decimate families and communities across New South Wales, police are desperately seeking to find solutions which could assist with prevention, particularly in cases where there is an identified repeat offender.  During a recent four-day,...
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