Though cases involving assault and domestic violence are common, they still require a lawyer with extensive experience and a comprehensive knowledge of the law and the system. Our lawyers work on a broad range of cases involving violence on a daily basis, including assault, domestic violence, and intervention orders.
Our legal team can assist on the full spectrum of violence charges, including:
I’ve been charged with a violent offence—what do I do?
The most important thing to do when charged with any offence is to immediately seek legal representation. It’s important you are fully aware of your rights under the law and do not incriminate yourself.
You can call Stary Norton Halphen at their Melbourne office on (03) 8622 8200 or reach us through our online enquiry form. For all After Hours enquiries, call 0407 410 821.
How serious is my case?
As violent crime covers a broad spectrum of incidents, the seriousness of your case and any subsequent sentencing will depend on the nature of the offence with which you are charged, any aggravating features of your offence, and your level of culpability, with regard to the circumstances of your offending and the extent of your involvement in an offence.
Some important matters our criminal lawyers will help you understand include:
Am I likely to go to jail?
Violent crimes are treated very seriously by the courts and serious injury charges can and often do carry significant sentences if you are found guilty. Whether or not you go to jail will often depend on the nature of the charge before the Court and the circumstances of the offence. These matters are often the subject of negotiation with police and prosecutors.
Accordingly, when facing a charge of assault, be it because of a fight in public or an allegation of domestic violence, it is of the utmost importance you engage an experienced law firm who can advise you on your case and inform you of the potential outcomes, negotiate with the police in a strategic way to benefit you, and advocate and defend you forcefully in Court.
What is an Intervention Order?
Intervention Orders, also known as Personal Safety Orders, Restraining Orders, Apprehended Violence Orders, Family Violence Orders and Domestic Violence Orders are court orders which restrict a person’s access to and interaction with another person or group of people.
When you are accused of an assault or threating violence, particularly in a domestic or neighbourhood setting, the police investigating the matter will almost always apply for an Intervention Order on behalf of the person you are accused of assaulting or threatening.
Intervention Orders can also be applied for by the person you are accused of assaulting and can be put in place against you where a Court finds, on the balance of probabilities, that you have assaulted or threatened someone and there is an ongoing threat to the safety of that person and sometimes also the safety of that person’s family members.
An Intervention Order will prohibit you from engaging in a number of activities and behaviours and it is important you are aware of these, as the penalties for breaching and Intervention Order include immediate imprisonment.
When you are the subject of an Intervention Order application, it is important to be aware of and carefully consider what options are available to you, particularly if there is a chance you will be charged with an offence of violence as a result of the allegation which has led to the application for an Intervention Order.
The potential impact of an Intervention Order court case on a criminal investigation and/or a criminal prosecution against you is something you must consider in order to protect and defend yourself strategically.
At Stary Norton Halphen, we are experienced at dealing with these issues and will assist you in defending yourself in a way that gives you the best opportunity to achieve the best possible outcome, whether you are facing an application for an Intervention Order, criminal charges, or both.