Anastasia Qvist is an outstanding lawyer. My criminal law situation (family violence order) was difficult, complex and Ana's diligence saved me as I was going through the most difficult period of my life. Ana is down to earth, commonsense and she even kept our costs to a minimum. She is a skilled litigator and knows the ins and outs of the ACT Magistrates Court. She dealt skillfully with the DPP and is an excellent negotiator. You will get a fair representation and she genuinely cares about her clients. She has my complete recommendation. The lady goes to bat for her clients.
I would strongly recommend Anastasia to anyone who is seeking legal representation. As a first-time offender who was charged with a Level 2 Drink Driving offence, she walked me through every step of the matter and was very upfront and clear on all aspects of my case. She was always accessible when I needed advice. Her approach and advice were excellent. Under her representation, I received the best possible outcome and managed to avoid a criminal conviction. She was a pleasure to deal with throughout the whole matter.
Anastasia Qvist was very professional and helpful in every step of my matter. I got a very good outcome and I can’t thank you enough for your hard work and the Armstrong Legal team in Canberra. I would highly recommend her!!!
Throughout Angela has been the consummate professional. She maintained a calm, yet strong demeanour remained informative and completely open in her communication and took complete ownership of the situation. We felt confident we finally had an advocate to steer us out of the nightmare we were in, and she did so with great respect and sincerity. I cannot speak more highly of Angela. She has literally rescued our family from what looked very much like a hopeless future.
Words can’t describe how grateful I am to Trudie Cameron being my solicitor and to Andrew Tiedt presenting my case in the court. They both have been very supportive and amazingly professional and effective. I’ve got an absolutely fantastic outcome I couldn’t even dream about.
Soon after meeting Andrew I knew he was the solicitor I wanted to handle my matter. He immediately sprang into action which brought me stability and hope during a tumultuous time in my life. Andrew was never afraid to give me straight answers to my tough questions which is a true mark of integrity. He is clearly at ease in the court environment and I believe his calm and measured demeanour went a long way to helping me secure the best result from my day in court. I would certainly recommend you approach Andrew if you need assistance.
"Andrew Tiedt was very professional and considerate to personal circumstances and gave sound advice that resulted in the best outcome possible. Highly recommended."
Family violence can occur between partners, ex-partners, parents and children, siblings or between other parties who are living together or who are in a family relationship. Family violence can consist of physical violence or sexual violence. It can also consist of subtler forms of abuse, such as economic, emotional or psychological abuse or coercive control.
When family violence occurs, criminal charges will often be laid. It is also common for the police or the victim to apply for a Family Violence Order. A Family Violence Order (FVO) is a court order that restricts the defendant from doing certain things, such as contacting their victim or harassing or abusing their victim. The court will make an FVO if it is satisfied that it is necessary to do so to ensure the safety of the person, the safety of their child or in order to protect property.
Any criminal matter that is stamped FV (for family violence) goes on a separate track on its way through the courts in the ACT. These matters, generally involving allegations of assault and property damage, go into a separate list in the Magistrates Court (which is even formally defined as the Family Violence Court for such proceedings).
The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has a public policy of pursuing these matters more vigorously and thoroughly than other criminal matters. This means that representations to have such matters dropped face a higher threshold. The DPP often continues prosecutions in FV matters even after the complainant has asked that charges be dropped.
Sentencing for FV matters is generally harsher than for similar matters not involving specially defined people.
That definition is very broad, including a domestic partner or former domestic partner; a relative; a child of a domestic partner or former domestic partner; a parent of a child of the original person; and someone who is or has been in a “relevant relationship” with the original person. A relevant relationship is defined as “an intimate relationship between two people other than a domestic partnership”.
As well as criminal charges being brought under the FV stamp, the ACT also has in place a comprehensive protection order system.
Protection Order Overview
The Family Violence Act 2016 lists the various types of orders that can be made.
The following articles deal with the issues faced by those who want to have an order made protecting them or those seeking the best way to respond when an order has been made against them.
- Family Violence
- Consenting to an AVO
- Family Violence Orders
- Opposing an AVO
- What Effect Will an AVO Have On My Future?
There are many routes that such matters can take and it is advisable to consult a lawyer who specializes in criminal law and protection orders.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
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