Contravening an Apprehended Violence Order

In New South Wales, the breach or contravention of an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) carries a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment or 50 penalty units, or both. 

[This is as per Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 (NSW)].

In Queensland, the breach or contravention of a domestic violence order (DVO) carries a maximum penalty of 3 years imprisonment or 120 penalty units (if within 5 years the respondent has previously been convicted of a similar offence) otherwise 2 years imprisonment or 60 penalty units.

[This is as per Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 (QLD)].

The breach or contravention of an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) carries a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment and/or a fine of $5,500.

It is considered as a serious offence as it breaches a court order as well as threatens the safety of the person who put the AVO in place.

It is important to be aware, however, that the conduct that constitutes a breach of an Apprehended Violence Order will depend on the terms of that AVO, and the breach must be intentional. You will have options in dealing with these charges in court, depending on the circumstances of your AVO – please contact Attwood Marshall’s Gold Coast and Brisbane Criminal Lawyers for the best defence for your case.


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