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."
Types of Domestic Violence Orders
Temporary Protection Order
Temporary Protection Orders are designed to provide you with protection from domestic violence until your application has been heard and determined by a court. They are granted by Magistrates at the first court hearing in the matter if the Magistrate is satisfied the order is necessary or desirable to protect you, your children or the other people named in your application. This is a low threshold and it is important that you have representation at this first court date or you may find that through the entire court process, the conditions imposed severely restrict any interaction with your partner and/or children.
A Protection Order is a final Order granted by the Court. It can occur either by consent of both parties, or by the Magistrate at the conclusion of a hearing where parties have given evidence as to why the order should/should not be granted.
The respondent (person who has had the application made against them) may elect to agree to the court granting a DVO. This is referred to as a consent order. For a consent order to be made, the court does not need to be satisfied that domestic violence has occurred or that the order is necessary or desirable to protect the aggrieved from domestic violence.
>In consenting to the order, the respondent is not required to make any admissions to the facts contained in the application. It is vital that you obtain legal advice prior to consenting to an order as any admissions made to the facts can be used against you in subsequent proceedings in both the Magistrates and Family Court.
Order Granted at a Hearing
If the respondent contests the application, a date is set for the parties to attend a court hearing. Once evidence has been given, the Magistrate presiding over the matter will then decide whether to grant the Protection Order. It is very important to keep in mind that if the Magistrate grants a Protection Order after hearing evidence, it is considered a finding of fact. In short, this means that the Magistrate has heard the evidence and has determined that the respondent has committed family violence. Again, obtaining legal advice is paramount when considering your options as a Magistrate finding against you at a hearing will cause ongoing problems with subsequent Magistrate Court and Family Court proceedings.
WHERE TO NEXT?
If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.
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