Criminal Law

If you’ve been charged with a criminal or traffic offence you don’t have to face it alone. The outcome of your Court case might be life changing, so give yourself the best possible chance with one of our lawyers.

We will advise you of your rights, get you ready for your Court appearance and explain the Court procedures so you understand what’s happening. In Court we’ll defend your case clearly and strongly to give you the best possible outcome.

We can handle most areas of criminal law, ranging fro domestic violence to murder. Worried about the likely penalty? Ready to get some common sense legal advice? Contact us to talk to a Bundaberg criminal lawyer.

Traffic Law

At Dodd Bedford & Associates our traffic and DUI lawyers have been fighting on behalf of people charged with traffic offences under the Road Safety Act, Transport Act and other driving and traffic laws since 1980. Whether you’ve been caught drink driving, driving on a suspended or disqualified licence, or been charged with careless or dangerous driving we can help. If you need a work licence or hardship licence our expert driving lawyers will help give you the best chance. Our Traffic and DUI Lawyers, headed by (lawyer name) can advise you in regard to charges such as:

We understand how important your licence is to your job, your family and your freedom. Our Bundaberg traffic lawyers will investigate your case, help prepare you for your Court appearance and argue strongly on your behalf. We know driving and traffic law in and out and know how to get the best result possible for you.

Domestic Violence

An Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) is an order made by the court that prohibits the defendant from certain behaviour, such as harassment, stalking, intimidation, violence or the threat of violence. The purpose of an AVO is to provide protection from this behaviour in the future – it usually states that a person cannot behave as such or go within a certain distance of the home or workplace of the person lodging the complaint.

The Court can make an AVO if a defendant consents to an AVO being made, or if evidence is heard proving that a person in need of protection fears violence or harassment by the defendant. The magistrate also has to be satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for these fears in order to make an AVO.

There are 2 types of Apprehended Violence Orders:

  • Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) – taken against a family member including spouses, ex-spouses and intimate partners (including de facto relationships) and
  • Apprehended Personal Violence Order (APVO) – for protection from someone other than family members

If you need to make an Apprehended Violence Order, or if somebody has made and AVO against you, it is recommended to seek legal advice from an experienced solicitor immediately.

What happens if someone tries to make an AVO against you?

You can object to an Apprehended Violence Order being made against you and have the matter adjourned for trial at a later date. Under these circumstances, an interim AVO will be issued until the trial date.

Domestic Violence is an unfortunate part of daily living which violates women’s rights and must not be tolerated in modern society but before there is any hope of stopping the behavior it must be first understood. At Bedford & Associates our Lawyers have vast experience in dealing with both offenders and victims of domestic violence.

Meaning of domestic violence

Domestic violence means behavior by a person (the first person) towards another person (the second person) with whom the first person is in a relevant relationship.

Such behaviour dose not necessarily need to be physically or sexually abusive it includes emotionally or psychologically, threatening or dominating and even economically abusive or any other unwanted behavior that makes a person subservient to another person.

Domestic violence can include:

  • Causing personal injury to a person or threatening to do so
  • Coercing a person to engage in sexual activity or attempting to do so;
  • Damaging a person’s property or threatening to do so;
  • Depriving a person of the person’s liberty or threatening to do so;
  • Threatening a person with the death or injury of the person, a child of the person, or someone else;
  • Threatening to commit suicide or self-harm so as to torment, intimidate or frighten the person to whom the behavior is directed;Causing or threatening to cause the death of, or injury to, an animal, whether or not the animal belongs to the person to whom the behaviour is directed, so as to control, dominate or coerce the person;
  • Unauthorized surveillance of a person;
  • Unlawfully stalking a person.
  • Monitoring a person’s account with a social networking internet site
  • Using a GPS device to track a person’s movements
  • Checking the recorded history in a person’s GPS device


Why do People Live in a Domestic violent relationship

Domestic violence is much more that a husband beating up on his wife even a parent constantly checking their child’s Facebook account may amount to domestic violence.

It is very common for people to think that the victim whether it be male or female should leave the relationship. In a lot of cases the victim and the aggressor have become co-dependent on each other and between the violent outbursts there can be genuine love and support for each other.

The Cycle of Violence

When a couple first get together it is usually utopia they do everything together and for each other then comes the pressures of life, children to feed, bills to pay work pressures unemployment and the tension starts to build.
At this point the victim is living on the edge they feel everything they do is not good enough and they are constantly trying to please the other without success. At this point the aggressor becomes dominant blaming the victim for his or her stress and the next stage is the violence commences. It may be pushing or a slap, stopping them seeing family and friends or simply putting the household money through a poker machine.

The next step is remorse is genuinely sorry for his behaviour and telling the victim/s it will never happen again. The victim then believes that they were partly responsible for the blowout so all is forgiven. The Aggressor becomes more attentive to the victim and once again life is like paradise until the stresses start again and the cycle continues.

The cycle can take months to complete in the beginning but the longer the Domestic violence lasts the quicker the cycle and the more intense the blowout.

Where do we go for help?

Domestic violence is an offence so if you are a victim you have every right to report the matter to the Police on the first occasion and they will believe you.

If you are the aggressor then as the aggression is emotionally charged your first port of call ought to be your family doctor who will no doubt give you a referral to a good counsellor. Many people have served time in prison for Domestic Violence so it pays to get help while you are free and it just may save your relationship.

When it won’t stop

If you cannot stop the violence you will need to apply to the Court for a Domestic Violence Protection Order. For assistance in getting an order you can either report the violence to the police and they will take the order out on your behalf or if you prefer we can do the paperwork for you and represent you at court.

What if I am charged with Domestic Violence or have a protection order against me
You will need to make an appointment with one of our lawyers and we will work out your options.

To find out more about Domestic Violence

visit  National Domestic & Family Violence Bench Book 

Contact us for more information or to arrange a consultation.

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