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 Intervention Orders
An individual or the police (on someone’s behalf) can make an application to the Magistrates’ Court for an intervention order against a family member.
The person in need of protection on an intervention order is called the “affected family member”. The family member who the application is made against is called the “respondent”.
An intervention order contains conditions to prevent the respondent from committing family violence against the affected family member. Conditions of an intervention order may include:
- Not to commit family violence;
- Not to attend a particular location;
- Not to communicate with the affected family member; or
- Not to stalk the affected family member.
A breach of the conditions imposed may result in a respondent being charged with a criminal offence.
What is Family Violence?
Family violence is very broadly defined to include actions that may not necessarily be a criminal offence. Family violence includes:
- Physical or sexual abuse;
- Economic abuse;
- Emotional or psychological abuse;
- Threatening or coercive behaviour;
- Behaviour that in any other way controls or dominates a family member and causes them to fear for their safety or for another person; and
- Causing a child to hear, witness or be exposed to family violence.
Economic abuse is when a person is coercive, deceptive or unreasonably controls another person, without that person’s consent, in one of the following ways:
- Denying the other person financial autonomy that they would have had but for the behaviour; or,
- Withholding or threatening to withhold financial support necessary for the reasonable living expenses of a person or their child where the person is dependent on the financial support to meet those expenses.
Family Violence Safety Notices
A family violence safety notice allows the Police to provide immediate temporary protection to an affected family member. The Police do not need to make an application to the Magistrates’ Court to obtain a family violence safety notice.
If a family violence safety notice has been issued it will provide conditions similar to an intervention order. It is very important that a respondent complies with the conditions of the family violence safety notice.
The family violence safety notice should also contain the details of which courthouse will determine the family violence intervention order application.
The Magistrates’ Court may make an interim intervention order if:
- It is necessary to ensure the safety of the affected family member;
- It is necessary to protect property; or,
- If it is necessary to protect the child of an affected family member.
Interim Orders will ordinarily protect the affected family member until the intervention order application has been finalised.
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
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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