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An application for an Apprehended Violence Order can be made by a Police Officer on behalf of a person in need of protection, or a person in need of protection above the age of 16 who lodges an application with the local court.

If you are a defendant in an application for an Apprehended Violence Order, you have a number of options, including:

  • Provide an undertaking to the court that you will no longer cause the person in need of protection to fear you.
  • Agree to the conditions contained within the Apprehended Violence Order, without admitting to the allegations against you.
  • Agree to the conditions contained within the Apprehended Violence Order, admitting to the allegations against you.
  • Proceed to a Hearing and entirely defend the application for the Apprehended Violence Order so a Magistrate can decide whether to make the order or dismiss the application.

If an Apprehended Violence Order is made against you, you are not given a criminal record. However, in the event that you breach the Apprehended Violence Order, it is a criminal offence and the maximum penalty is a fine of $5,500.00 and/or two years imprisonment.

There are various types of assaults offences that you may be charged with. The most common assault offences include:

  • Common assault
  • Assault Police
  • Assault occasioning actual bodily harm
  • Intentionally/recklessly cause grievous bodily harm

If you have been charged with a break & enter / theft offence, the police must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you did break into a house or other dwelling, you entered the property, and you committed the offence or intended to commit an offence.

Our Criminal Law team at Coutts Solicitors are highly experienced in drug offences, including:

  • Possess prohibited drug
  • Supply prohibited drug
  • Supply prohibited drug on an ongoing basis
  • Deal with proceeds of crime

The charge of fraud is also known as obtaining a benefit by deception. In order to be convicted of a fraud offence, the police must prove beyond a reasonable doubt, that a person by deception, dishonestly, obtained property belonging to another person, or obtained a financial advantage.

The offence of fraud carries a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment in the local court and a maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment in the district court, depending on the seriousness of the offence.

If found guilty of an offence in relation to firearms and prohibited weapons, a period of imprisonment can be imposed. Our team is experienced in the following areas of firearm and prohibited weapon offences:

  • Possession of an unregistered firearm
  • Firing at dwelling houses or buildings
  • Possession of an unlicensed firearm
  • Possess prohibited firearms

There are several robbery offences that you may be charged and convicted of, including:

  • Robbery – it is alleged that you intended to steal, using a degree of threat or force, you stole from a person, by the use of violence or putting the victim in fear.
  • Armed robbery – with the use of an offensive weapon
  • Robber in company – in the company of another person.

At Coutts Solicitors, we understand the importance of holding a drivers licence, and we are experienced in a wide range of traffic matters, including:

  • Drink driving
  • Driving whilst licence suspended/disqualified
  • Negligent driving/dangerous driving
  • Licence appeals
  • Police pursuit
  • Driving under the influence of drugs

For an understanding as to the possible penalties available to you for driving offences, refer to the RMS website.