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Domestic Violence Orders

Have you been served with an application for a Domestic Violence Order? Do you wish to make an application for a Domestic Violence Order against someone else? Our experienced domestic violence lawyers can help you in either of these situations.

Call: 1300 066 669

Are you a victim of Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is a common, yet distressing situation. Many behaviours can be domestic violence, including physical, emotional, or economic abuse. If you have experienced domestic violence in your relationship, you might be able to make an application for a Domestic Violence Order.

Our domestic violence lawyers can help you:

It can be a difficult time. Having the support of a lawyer can reduce stress and uncertainty. Contact us now for a phone consultation.

Temporary Domestic Violence Orders

A temporary order is an order that has been put in place by a magistrate who has heard an application for a protection order and has deemed that a temporary order is necessary for the circumstances. The temporary DVO will come into effect once the respondent has been served with the order by a member of the Queensland Police Service if they weren’t present in court when the order was made.

A temporary order can be changed which is one of the benefits of them being temporary. Whenever you are back in court, the order will be reconsidered to ensure that they keep up with changing circumstances in your matter.

A temporary DVO can include any terms that would ordinarily be included in final protection order and can include prohibitions from approaching someone’s home, their workplace, contacting them, or posting things on the internet amongst many other conditions.

If you have been served with a temporary protection order, immediately contact a solicitor and get legal advice as to what the terms mean because if you breach any term of the order, it is considered a criminal offence.

What Happens if I Have Been Served with an Order?

You must carefully read the order that has been served upon you, together with the supporting application. You may agree or disagree with the application, but you must make a very careful decision about what you do because it could affect you later on (particularly if there are Family Law proceedings in place or likely to commence).

Once you have been served with an order of the court, you must strictly comply with it. You will be notified of the date that your matter will be heard in court. If you fail to appear in court, then it is likely that an order will be made in your absence.

At court, you can agree to a final order (with or without making admissions), or you can contest the order. If you choose to agree, then it is likely that the court will make the order that day. If you contest the order, your matter will be adjourned to another day for the hearing of evidence. Here is some more information for DVO respondents.

We can represent you in court to protect your interests. If you work with Brooke Winter Solicitors, a specialist domestic violence lawyer will help you to understand your options. Together, we will work towards the best possible outcome for your situation. We have offices on the Gold Coast, Brisbane and in Hobart, and can represent you throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania.

Domestic violence is when one person behaves in a way that controls or dominates another person and causes fear for their safety and wellbeing. It happens in intimate, family or informal care relationships.

It can take many forms:

  • physical or sexual abuse—punching, hitting, choking, or threatening to punch or hit, forcing a person to participate in sexual acts, damaging someone’s property or threatening to damage property, including hurting or threatening to hurt pets
  • emotional or psychological abuse—stalking, repeated text messaging, making insulting comments, calling someone names, blackmailing or extorting, preventing contact with family and/or friends, controlling someone’s appearance, putting them down, threatening to expose their sexual orientation
  • economic abuse—denying, withholding, controlling or misusing money or property, or threatening to do so
    threatening behaviour—saying things or acting in a way to make someone feel afraid, threatening to commit suicide or self-harm, stalking
  • coercive behaviour—forcing, intimidating or manipulating a person to do things they don’t want to do, such as sign a contract (e.g. for a loan) or a legal document giving another person power over their affairs (e.g. power of attorney).

Domestic violence extends to children seeing violence, like their parent being hurt, being called names, things being broken or police arriving.

There are many Government and community support services to help you if you’re in a domestic violence relationship. Most of them provide free services.

Two immediate services are listed below:

Womensline

DVConnect’s Womensline is Queensland’s only 24 hour, 7 days a week crisis response telephone helpline. It is a service for Queenslanders who want to escape domestic and family violence.

The number one goal of Womensline is to respond to immediate safety needs. Womensline offers free, specialist crisis counselling, as well as information, referrals and support to people living with domestic and family violence. Each day our counsellors support Queenslanders who fear violent partners, ex-partners, or family members. They need a safe place for themselves, their children, and in a lot of cases, their pets.

In 2017/2018 financial year, Womensline received 98,174 phone calls and referrals.

Mensline

DVConnect’s Mensline is a free, confidential telephone crisis counselling, referral and support service for men living in Queensland. This service is available 9am until midnight, 7 days a week. In the last financial year, DVConnect’s Mensline received almost 15,000 phone calls and referrals.

DVConnect’s Mensline offers counselling, referral and support for both:

  • Men who are experiencing domestic and family violence
  • Men who are using violence in their relationships

When making an application for a domestic violence order, one can apply to have children included on the protection order if they have been exposed to domestic violence. Exposure to domestic violence includes hearing, seeing, or otherwise experiencing domestic violence.

This includes situations where a child helps a family member who has been injured as a result of domestic violence or where a child sees damaged property in their home as a result of domestic violence. An unborn child can also be deemed to have been exposed to domestic violence.

The Magistrate will consider the request to include children on the domestic violence protection order and will do so if the court deems it necessary and desirable to protect the children from domestic violence.

If someone has lodged an application for a domestic violence order (DVO) against you, you will be called ‘the respondent’ on the application and in the courtroom.

A police officer will give you a copy of the application. It’s important that you read the application carefully. The application will include the allegations made against you by the aggrieved (person who will be protected by the order) and a date and time that you need to go to court.

You can appear in court by yourself or with your lawyer. If you want representation but can’t afford a lawyer, contact Legal Aid Queensland or your local courthouse.

If you have received an application and don’t go to court when you’re required to, the court can make a final protection order or temporary protection order (two types of DVOs) against you in your absence.

A magistrate may also issue a warrant for police to take you into custody and bring you to court.

It is a criminal offence to breach a Domestic Violence Order.

A defendant who breaches a Domestic Violence or Protection Order in Queensland is liable to a maximum of three years imprisonment or a fine up to 120 penalty units ($14,136).

If you have previously been convicted of a domestic violence offence, this penalty is increased to five years imprisonment or a fine up to 240 penalty units ($28, 272).

Alternatively, a Court may order a term of probation, requiring that a defendant participate in domestic violence courses or any other intervention deemed necessary by the Probation and Parole office.

A breach of a Domestic Violence Order may also result in a criminal record.

A court can also make an intervention order when it is making or varying a domestic violence order.

An intervention order requires the respondent to attend an approved intervention program and/or counselling to address the respondent’s violent behaviour. This order can only be made with the respondent’s consent. The court can only make an intervention order if it is satisfied there is an appropriate program or counselling available at a reasonably convenient location to the respondent.

The Court will consider that the Respondent has breached an Order of the Court and will be unlikely to vary the Domestic Violence Order in a way that is favourable to the Respondent. It is not a criminal offence to breach an intervention order, however, it is noted on the Court file and can be used against the Respondent in future proceedings.

If you’re experiencing domestic violence, you can apply for a domestic violence order (DVO). The DVO sets out conditions that must be obeyed by the person who has committed the violence (‘the respondent’). You can complete the relevant application form online or download and print the form to complete it by hand.

When completing the form, answer all the questions on the form and include as much information as possible, including what domestic violence has happened or been threatened, and when and where it occurred.

Try to provide as much detail as you can and, when describing what the respondent has said to you, try to use their words as you remember them. You can attach extra pages to your application.

There is no cost to apply for a domestic violence order.

Domestic Violence Information

1. What is domestic and family violence?

2. What is a Domestic Violence Order?

3. How to apply for a protection order

4. What happens in court?

5. What if I’m served?

6. Understanding the conditions on a Domestic Violence Order

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Drink Driving Gold Coast

Have you been charged with drink driving? Don’t risk hefty fines or losing your licence. Speak to an experienced DUI Lawyer now.

Call: 1300 066 669

With over 20 years’ courtroom experience, Brooke Winter Solicitors’ professional team of traffic lawyers will make sure you get the best possible outcome for your situation. Don’t risk losing your licence, a heavy fine or in some cases, imprisonment, contact us now.

We know each situation is different, so we take the time to listen to you and offer advice tailored to your individual needs. Using simple terminology, we will explain the court process, your rights and responsibilities, and guide you through the journey from beginning to end. Our lawyers will also deal with Queensland Police on your behalf so you don’t have to.

With an ex-police prosecutor on staff, we know both sides of the law. And we’re on your side.

What are the penalties for Drink Driving?

If you have been charged with a DUI offence in the state of Queensland (and depending on the severity of your charge), the penalties could include:

  • Licence disqualification
  • Hefty fines
  • Imprisonment

If your charge is combined with another driving-related offence such as dangerous or unlicenced driving, or if it is a repeated offence, then you could be facing all or a combination of these penalties. View a table of drink driving penalties for QLD and NSW for more information.

Talk to an experienced lawyer immediately to discuss your options.

How can Brooke Winter Solicitors help?

Depending on the circumstances of your case, Brooke Winter Solicitors can provide advice and assist with:

  • Applying for a Restricted Work Licence if you rely on your licence for employment obligations.
  • Applying for a Special Hardship Order if you rely on your licence for family obligations.
  • Reducing your licence disqualification period and possibly the amount of your fine.

We can also assist with criminal offences on the Gold Coast.

Talk to our Gold Coast DUI Lawyers:

Brooke Winter Solicitors offer competitive fixed fee pricing.

Don’t risk losing your licence or worse, contact our Gold Coast office (located in Southport) to discuss your matter and arrange a phone consultation.

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Criminal Lawyers Gold Coast

Have you been charged with a criminal offence on the Gold Coast? Don’t risk your freedom. Speak with an experienced lawyer now.

Call: 1300 066 669

With over 20 years’ courtroom experience in Criminal Law, Brooke Winter Solicitors’ professional team of defence lawyers will strive to achieve the best possible outcome for your situation. Don’t risk a heavy penalty or jail time, contact us now to discover what your options are.

We know that each case is different, so we take the time to listen to you and offer professional advice tailored to your individual needs no matter what the charge. Using simple terminology, we will explain the court process and police procedures, your rights and responsibilities, and guide you through the journey from beginning to end so you know what to expect. Our lawyers will also deal with Queensland Police on your behalf so you don’t have to.

With an ex-police prosecutor on staff, we know both sides of the law. And we’re on your side.

What charges can we help with?

Talk to our criminal lawyers on the Gold Coast today about how we can help you with:

We can also assist with traffic offences and family law matters.

Our Criminal Defence Lawyers:

Brooke Winter Solicitors offer competitive fixed fee pricing.

Don’t risk your freedom or your future, contact our Gold Coast office (located in Southport) for advice on your matter and arrange an initial phone consultation.

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Your Sunshine Coast Law Firm

If you live on the Sunshine Coast, it can be difficult to find a lawyer with experience relevant to your case. To book a mobile consultation, call us on 1300 066 669.

That’s why Brooke Winter Solicitors offers a mobile service for those on and around the Sunshine Coast. Wherever you are in the Sunshine Coast region, we will travel to represent you – and we won’t charge you for the travel time. Whether you’re in Noosa, Caloundra or Maleny, we can provide professional advice on any domestic violence law, traffic law or criminal law matter.

We know it’s important to have access to professional legal advice and representation, so we don’t charge extra for travel costs. In fact, the mobile aspect of our work helps us to keep our costs low, so we can keep our services priced at an affordable rate. To learn more about how we can work with you on the Sunshine Coast, contact us to organise a free initial phone consultation.

We have offices in three locations, as well as a mobile service: Gold Coast | Beenleigh | Hobart

By keeping many of our services mobile, we can respond fast to your needs, be far more flexible, and cut expensive overheads. By doing this, we can pass the cost savings on to you.

We cover a wide range of courts, including:

  • Brisbane and surrounding suburbs
  • Beenleigh and surrounding suburbs
  • Gold Coast and Scenic Rim
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Regional courts throughout New South Wales
  • Regional courts throughout Tasmania including Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie

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Your Trusted New South Wales Lawyers

If you live in regional New South Wales, it can be difficult to find a lawyer with experience relevant to your case. To book a mobile consultation, call us on 1300 066 669.

Legal issues can be stressful. Often, it can be difficult to get the facts on your options, and on the risks involved. There are many decisions to be made – sometimes in a short time. And, for many people, this is the first time they’ve ever faced a legal issue. The last thing you want is to worry about finding the best lawyer in your small regional NSW town. 

Brooke Winter Solicitors can help. Our mobile lawyers are affordable, available when you need us, and highly experienced. We’re a team of traffic lawyers, criminal lawyers, and family lawyers who can represent you in any regional NSW court.

By keeping many of our services mobile, we can respond fast to your needs, be far more flexible, and cut expensive overheads. By doing this, we can pass the cost savings on to you.

When you’re facing charges, it can be helpful to speak with a NSW lawyer as soon as you can. Criminal or traffic charges can carry life-changing penalties so it’s a good idea to have someone on your side who understands the law.

Brooke Winter Solicitors can help you to understand your circumstances and your options. Then, we can work with you each step of the way. If you need to be represented in a regional NSW court, we can travel for you, and deal with the police on your behalf. 

We have offices in three locations, as well as a regional NSW mobile lawyer service: Gold Coast | Sunshine Coast | Brisbane | Hobart.

We cover a wide range of courts, including:

  • Tweed Heads and surrounding suburbs
  • Lismore and surrounding suburbs
  • Other regional courts throughout NSW

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Your Trusted Queensland Lawyers

If you live in regional Queensland, it can be difficult to find a lawyer with experience relevant to your case. To book a mobile consultation, call us on 1300 066 669.

Legal issues can be stressful. Often, it can be difficult to get the facts on your options, and on the risks involved. There are many decisions to be made – sometimes in a short time. And, for many people, this is the first time they’ve ever faced a legal issue. The last thing you want is to worry about finding the best lawyer in your small regional QLD town. 

That’s why Brooke Winter Solicitors offers a mobile service. Wherever you are in Queensland, our lawyers will travel to represent you – and we won’t charge you for the travel time. Whether you’re in Brisbane, Gladstone or Cairns, we can provide professional advice on any domestic violence law, traffic law or criminal law matter.

Whether you need legal advice, representation, or just some clarity on your situation, you’re welcome to contact us and ask about our Queensland lawyers.

From DUI charges to family separation, we’re here to help. We can represent you in any regional QLD court.

Whether you’re separating from a spouse, experiencing domestic violence, facing a criminal charge, or been charged with a traffic offence, there are many reasons why someone might need a lawyer in regional Queensland.

We know it’s important to have access to professional legal advice and representation, so we don’t charge extra for travel costs. In fact, the mobile aspect of our work helps us to keep our costs low, so we can keep our legal services priced at an affordable rate. To learn more about how we can work with you in regional Queensland, contact us to organise a free initial phone consultation.

We have offices in four locations, as well as a regional QLD mobile lawyer service: Gold Coast | Sunshine CoastBrisbane | Hobart.

We cover a wide range of courts, including:

  • Brisbane and surrounding suburbs
  • Beenleigh and surrounding suburbs
  • Gold Coast and Scenic Rim
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Regional courts throughout Queensland including:

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Hobart, Tasmania

Have you been charged with a criminal offence?
Contact the expert criminal and traffic lawyers at our Hobart Law Firm.

Brooke Winter Solicitors are expert criminal defence lawyers and are able to assist you with any of the following matters. Our law firm is located in the Hobart CBD however our team of lawyers are able to travel to any court in the state including Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie.

  • Criminal Charges in the Magistrates Court
  • Criminal Charges in the Supreme Court
  • Guilty pleas and sentences;
  • Not guilty pleas and trials (both trials in the
  • Magistrates Court and Jury trials in the Supreme Court);
  • Advice and representation on any criminal matter;
  • Police Investigations and Inquiries.

No matter what the charge, our reliable and experienced law firm are able to assist you to obtain the best possible outcome in all circumstances. We regularly represent clients on police charges, both criminal and traffic, such as;

  • Murder / Manslaughter;
  • Assaults;
  • Fraud;
  • Stealing;
  • Domestic Violence matters;
  • Drink Driving;
  • Disqualified driving;
  • All traffic offences

We have expert lawyers on hand who can give you expert advice, guidance and representation during this stressful time. Do not risk going to court by yourself as the consequences can be devastating, and include loss of licence, hefty fines, lengthy community based orders and imprisonment.

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Before you make a decision on your legal representation, call our local Hobart law firm on
(03) 6240 5437 to discuss your options and get a quote. We offer a fixed fee so that you know exactly how much your matter is going to cost you without any hidden surprises.

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Logan Based Lawyers Servicing Beenleigh, Brisbane and Surrounds.

Have you been charged with a criminal or traffic offence? Need a solicitor in Beenleigh, Logan or the surrounding areas? Brooke Winter Solicitors can help. Our Principal Lawyer, Brooke Winter, is an ex-police prosecutor so we understand what you’re up against and will guide you through this challenging time.

When you’re facing charges, it can be helpful to speak with a lawyer as soon as you can. Criminal or traffic charges can carry life-changing penalties so it’s a good idea to have someone on your side who understands the law.

Brooke Winter Solicitors Loganholme can help you to understand your circumstances and your options. Then, we can work with you each step of the way. If you need to be represented in court, we can do this for you, and deal with the police on your behalf. Our areas of law include:

We can represent you at any court in the local area. For more information about any of our legal services in the Beenleigh area, get in touch. We offer free phone consultations to help you get the facts on your situation.

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Brooke Winter Solicitors’ Loganholme office is located in the M1 Business Centre. Our Loganholme / Beenleigh lawyers’ office specialises in Crime and Traffic Law Matters.

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Experienced Gold Coast Law Firm

Are you facing a legal issue? Looking for experienced Gold Coast lawyers? Brooke Winter Solicitors can help. We understand what you’re up against and will guide you through this challenging time.

Legal issues can be stressful. Often, it can be difficult to get the facts on your options, and on the risks involved. There are many decisions to be made – sometimes in a short time. And, for many people, this is the first time they’ve ever faced a legal issue.

Whether you’re separating from a spouse, experiencing domestic violence, facing a criminal charge, or been charged with a traffic offence, there are many reasons why someone might need a lawyer.

Brooke Winter Solicitors Gold Coast can help. We’re affordable, available when you need us, and highly experienced. We’re a team of traffic lawyers, criminal lawyers, and family lawyers based in Southport. Whether you need legal advice, representation, or just some clarity on your situation, you’re welcome to contact our Gold Coast office.

From DUI charges to family separation, we’re here to help. We can represent you in any Gold Coast court, as well as elsewhere in Queensland and Northern NSW.

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Our office is located in Southport. Use the contact form to make an appointment, or arrange a phone consultation with one of our Gold Coast solicitors. We’re looking forward to assisting you to achieve the best possible outcome.

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