Domestic Violence & Family Violence NSW
Domestic Violence in NSW is covered by the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 (NSW) (the act). Section 16 of the act considers acts of physical violence, intimidation and stalking in a domestic relationship to be domestic violence. Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) or criminal charges may be made against people engaging in this conduct.
A domestic relationship is covered by section 5 of the act. This definition is broad and covers partners, relatives, carers and people you live with. At George, Stern and Co we are able to further advise you as to whether a domestic relationship exists in a given situation.
Domestic Violence is prevalent in Australian society. Despite this, severe consequences may occur to any person accused of committing a domestic violence offence. At George Sten and Co we are experienced in these matters and are able to obtain the best possible outcomes for you. This provides you with the optimal opportunity to keep your reputation, employment and livelihood intact.
If you have been charged with domestic violence, breaching a family violence order or require an AVO lawyer to make an application on your behalf. It is important to seek legal advice immediately, the Domestic Violence Lawyers at George Sten & Co are available for urgent telephone advice 24 hours a day. 02 9261 8640
George Sten & Co has over 50 years experience in Criminal Law. Don’t take chances with your reputation, future or livelihood. George Sten & Co are one of Sydney’s leading criminal law firms. We only practice in Criminal Law. If you have been arrested talk to our Domestic Violence Lawyers before you agree to a police interview. This could be the difference to your out come in court.
Children’s Custody Consequences
ADVOs may hinder a person’s claim regarding rights over their children in Family Law Proceedings. Sections 60CC(3)(j) – (k) of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)indicate that a Family Court should consider an ADVO and its surrounding circumstances. This places people with an ADVO at a disadvantage when seeking unsupervised time with their children or rights regarding their long term decision making (Parental Responsibility) if they separate from the other parent. Breaching an ADVO could have a potentially devastating effect on your legal rights over your child.
People found guilty of Domestic Violence or breaching an ADVO may be subjected to a fine, term of imprisonment or both. Where a person is found guilty of a crime the criminal charge may also be recorded. Accordingly it may be seen by prospective employers on a national police check. As many employers require these checks, it may restrict your ability to obtain employment. Difficulties may also arise in your current workplace where updated police checks are required.
At George Sten & Co we are able to provide optimal legal representation. This gives you the greatest chance of avoiding criminal charges and resulting difficulties with any Family Law proceedings, employment, fines or terms of imprisonment. Using our services may thus lower the damage to your reputation, employment or livelihood.
What to do if you have been arrested?
If you have been arrested it is important to inform police that you wish to seek legal representation. You should identify yourself to police and provide relevant details to be contacted. You should then book an appointment with George Sten and Co Criminal Defence Lawyers, to discuss the merits of your arrest and any available options. It is imperative you do not provide further information to the police until you have engaged us as your legal representation.
Visit our offices in Sydney’s CBD, or call our Domestic Violence Lawyers Sydney on 9261 8640 or our 24 hour line 0412 423 569 to get fast and correct legal advice.