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Talking to experienced AVO lawyers Sydney can help you ease your mind off the complexity of the process. Having a lawyer on your side can provide you with a better understanding of your legal rights and give you the best chances of success.
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Why Do You Need an Experienced AVO Lawyer?


If you have been accused of unfounded violence or intimidation and are a victim of an unfair AVO application – it would be best to talk to experienced AVO lawyers Sydney with proven AVO expertise, like the legal counsel from Justice Family Lawyers. 

Getting an AVO can affect your job, career, means of communication with your family, especially your child, ability to travel, and possess certain licenses.

Here are a few reasons why you need the expert representation of Justice Family Lawyers:

  1. We know how the legal system works. A good AVO lawyer has years of experience navigating the legal system and knows the rules and procedures that apply to AVO cases. We know how to find evidence, put together a strong case, and talk with the prosecution to get you the best possible result.
  2. We can defend your rights. An experienced AVO lawyer will know how to defend your legal rights and ensure you are not unfairly charged or penalised. We will be your advocate in Court, fighting for your best interests and protecting your rights every step of the way.
  3. We can help you avoid significant consequences. You could get fines, jail time, and a criminal record if you break an AVO. An experienced AVO lawyer can help you avoid these difficulties by building a strong defence and negotiating a good outcome with the prosecution.
  4. You can move on with your life with our help: It can be hard to move on with your life if you have been accused of domestic violence or other violent crimes. An experienced AVO lawyer can help you put this in the past and move on, so you can focus on your family and your future.

Don’t wait to get legal help if you are facing criminal charges for assault, domestic violence, or other offences. Contact the AVO lawyers Sydney of Justice Family Lawyers immediately to get the help and advice you need to protect your rights and future.

What Is an AVO?


An AVO, which stands for “apprehended violence order,” is a court order in Australia that protects a person from violence, harassment, or intimidation. 

An AVO may contain a variety of limitations and conditions, such as barring the subject of the order from contacting or approaching the protected person. A violation of an AVO can result in severe consequences, such as fines and imprisonment. If you are pursuing an AVO or have been served with one, you should get legal representations from Justice Family Lawyers’ AVO lawyers Sydney to understand your rights and options.

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Learn what steps you can take next.

The Court can issue two distinct types of Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs):


  1. Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs): These are AVOs granted to protect someone who has been subjected to or is likely to be subjected to domestic abuse by a family member, spouse or de facto partner, or someone with whom they are in a domestic connection.
  2. Apprehended Personal Violence Orders (APVOs): These are AVOs granted to protect a person from assault, harassment, or intimidation by a neighbour, friend, or stranger who is not in a domestic relationship with them.
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Court Process of AVO

Here’s how the court process for an AVO application goes:


First return date

The Local Court usually lists the subject one to three weeks following application (depending on how often the Local Court is in session and how busy its courts are). “The initial court date” is the first return date.


Hearing Preparations

Parties must follow Local Court Practice Note 2 of 2012: Domestic and Personal Violence Matters to prepare an AVO case for hearing.

The Court will then order the exchange of evidence.

The Practice Note requires the applicant to provide all witness statements supporting their application on a specific deadline (usually two weeks after the mention).

In a police application, the officer will prepare witness testimonies and a summary of the evidence for the defendant.

The defendant must then file a response.


Final hearing for an AVO

PINOPs must prove they fear future violence, harassment, intimidation, or stalking.

It is unnecessary to show that the protected person fears future domestic abuse if they are under 16 or intellectually disabled. An AVO may also be issued without proof of the PINOP’s fear if the Court finds:

  • The protected person has a history of abuse.
  • The defendant will likely misuse the PINOP again.
  • The injunction protects the victim from further assault.

Statements should only be signed and dated if they are factual and relevant to the application or defence. Since a witness’s statement can be used as evidence in an AVO hearing, it’s important to talk to a lawyer before giving one.

If the parties have followed the rules for exchanging statements, the case could be set for a hearing. 

The defendant may be subpoenaed to testify or provide documents (tell their version of events to the Court).

Can A Defendant Be Wrongly Accused In An AVO?


Unfortunately, yes, you can be wrongly accused in an AVO.

As with any other legal matter, there is always a chance of making false accusations. 

In some instances, an AVO may be sought as a way to benefit in a family law matter, such as a custody dispute.

A person may also want an AVO out of spite or vengeance, even if the protected person has no proof to support their claims.

There are things you can do to defend yourself in an AVO if you have been wrongly accused. It would help if you talked to our Justice Family Lawyers’ experienced AVO lawyers Sydney as soon as possible for your representation. You could challenge the AVO filed against you in Court and get the order dismissed, varied, or dropped.


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