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Criminal Law


If you have been charged with a criminal offence or if you need help applying for an apprehended violence order (AVO) against another individual, Peninsula Law can assist you through the whole process.

  • Criminal offences, bail applications & court appearances
  • Apprehended Violence Orders (AVO)
  • Driving and traffic offences & more


What is an AVO and is it a criminal charge?

An AVO is an Apprehended Violence Order. There are two types of AVOs: an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) and an Apprehended Personal Violence Order (APVO).

An AVO is not a criminal charge, rather, they are orders are made to attempt to protect a person in need of protection (PINOP) from violence or threats to their safety.

An AVO can issued by the Police, or by an individual who makes a private application.

What are my obligations if I am arrested?

If you are arrested, the only questions you are obligated to answer are your name, address and date of birth. You have a right to refuse to answer any other questions that you may be asked. If you are asked to take part in an identity line-up, you may also refuse but in that situation, police may legally include your image in a photographic identification.

How can a solicitor help me if I am arrested or called to assist the police with their enquiries?

Firstly, your solicitor will ensure that you are aware of your rights and explain any charges that may be laid against you. They will explain your options and potential penalties so that you can gain clarity on the best way forward. If you need to attend a police interview, your solicitor can accompany you and provide ongoing advice. Your solicitor can represent you in court and, if you need to apply for bail, they can make the application on your behalf.