ADVO Breaches | Criminal Law Defenses


Even though an ADVO or AVO (apprehended violence order) is not a criminal charge, if you breach an ADVO or AVO the breach elevates it to a criminal offence. 



 The law for an ADVO contained in section 14 of the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 (NSW) which provides that a:

“A person who knowingly contravenes a prohibition or restriction specified in an apprehended domestic violence order made against the person is guilty of the offence.”


Maximum/POSSIBLE penalties

Contravention of an ADVO can be punished with a prison sentence of up to 2 years or a fine of up to $5500 or both.

Please note that the penalties mentioned are reserved for the worse case offending and are unlikely to be the penalty you receive.

In NSW, a court can impose any of the following penalties for a contravention of an ADVO charge:

  • Full time Imprisonment
  • Intensive Corrections Order (ICO)
  • Community Correction Order (CCO)
  • Conditional release Order (CRO) (ie: bond); and/or
  • A Fine; or
  • Section 10 – no conviction recorded



Since Contravening an ADVO is a criminal offence, the burden of proof lies on the Prosecution.

To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove that:

  • That you were under an ADVO; and
  • You were prohibited to act in a certain way under an ADVO; and
  • You contravened that prohibition; and
  • You did so knowingly and with intent.   



A defence to the charge will occur when:

  • It was a necessary act to be able to attend a mediation planned session;
  • It was a necessary act to be able to comply with the terms of a property recovery order made by a Magistrate; and/or
  • if you are able to show that you were not served a copy of the ADVO, and where the ADVO was made in Court that you were not present in Court, thus were unaware of the restrictions/prohibitions orders made.



For an ADVO or an AVO Breach, Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® offers the following options:

  1. We initiate negotiation with prosecutors (police) (a term referred to as “plea negotiations”) and plead to withdrawal or downgrade of the charge or alternatively, seek amendments to the police fact sheets or documents.
  2. At the hearing/trial, Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® shall if you so instruct Plead Not Guilty and drive the argument based on prosecution’s inability to prove the elements of their accusation.
  3. Alternatively, Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® may plead guilty on your instructions however, the hearing shall revolve around the facts with an objective to obtain a moderate or minimum punishment.
  4. Lastly, Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® on your instructions enter a plea of guilt where you accept all the charges pressed by the police, but we present a case so solid on your behalf, with an objective to persuade and convince the Court to not record a criminal conviction against you.

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If you are caught up in this charge our team at Rep-Revive Criminal Lawyers® are best suited for representing your case.

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