DV offences

If you are the Respondent in a domestic violence order, section 177 of the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 states that a respondent must not contravene (breach) the order.

This includes temporary protection orders. You can only be breached if you are aware of the order’s existence. This may mean that you have been served by the police with a copy of the order, or you were in court when the order was made. If for example, your order has a condition that you are not to contact the aggrieved, and you send the aggrieved a text message or email them, that will breach the order. The aggrieved may then choose to may a police complaint, and you will subsequently be charged. 

Those who breach a domestic violence order face a penalty of up to 120 penalty units, or 3 years imprisonment. If you have had a previous conviction in the last 5 years for breaching domestic violence orders, the penalty increases to 240 penalty units, or 5 years imprisonment.

It is especially useful to have legal representation for such charges, as we will work with you to present the best case for you to the Court. We would strongly suggest you contact our office prior to entering a plea of guilty, as there may be possible defences you could raise.

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