Karim + Nicol provide advice and representation in AVOs where you have been listed as the defendant in an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) or an Apprehended Personal Violence Order (APVO). We are also available to assist those listed as the ‘person in need of protection’ (PINOP).
It is a criminal offence to breach any of the conditions listed in an AVO. A breach risks a gaol term of 2 years and a $5,500 fine. The Court takes contraventions of AVOs very seriously, so before consenting to any order it is important that you received proper advice.
Whilst an AVO is not a criminal offence, it can have a lasting impact on your life. We understand the consequences of these orders, including their impact on access to children, employment options, visa and residency status, as well as the associated mental stress.
The team at Karim + Nicol will ensure that only appropriate orders are imposed, or will fight for you in defending an AVO.