Good Behaviour Bond for Breaching Family Violence Intervention Order

This is a case study on a sentence of good behaviour bond for Breaching Family Violence Intervention Order. The case was heard at the Magistrates’ Court and we provided criminal defence for the accused.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client was subject to a Family Violence Intervention Order. He was charged with breaching the proceedings for contravening the order and for failure to appear on bail. The breaches were allegedly due to him attending the family home which he was excluded from.

What happened at court?
We acted on the client’s behalf at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court. The charges were:

We obtained detailed instructions and recommended that our client attend counselling. We made submissions about our client’s personal circumstances including issues with alcohol which contributed to the offending. Character references were obtained in support of the client.

What was the result?
The Magistrate ultimately imposed a good behaviour bond for breaching family violence intervention order and the other criminal charge. A fine in the amount of $400 was also imposed which the accused has to add to the court fund. No conviction was entered against him. As he was able to avoid a significant fine, this was a very good outcome especially that he had been unable to work and money was a real concern for him at the time.
DISCLAIMER: This is a real case study of an actual case from our files. Details pertaining to the client have been changed to protect their privacy. The sentence imposed and the charge have not been altered. These case studies are published to demonstrate real outcomes and give an indication of possible tariffs in Court. We do not guarantee a similar case on these charges will get the same result. Please note that we post results at our discretion, therefore while many case studies are average results, others are notable for their exceptional outcomes. PUBLISHED 14/03/2017