The team at Markotich Lawyers are highly experienced in criminal law matters including, but not limited to, motor/road traffic offences, intervention orders, drug offences, violent crimes and sexual assaults.
Markotich Lawyers regularly appear as advocates in a variety of criminal law matters. We can attend to you if you are in custody and appear on your behalf for bail applications. If you have been charged with an offence and have received a summons to go to court, our lawyers can appear on your behalf for your matter.
As a leader amongst criminal law firms in Melbourne, Markotich Lawyers offers extensive expertise and experience in the following areas of practice:
Our lawyers have extensive experience in drug cases, including complex matters (surveillance and covert operatives), the possession and cultivation of drugs in commercial quantities and street-level trafficking. We pride ourselves on our strong knowledge of police warrant and search powers and many other issues central to drug cases. We also have a large, results-based referral network to assist people suffering from issues with substance abuse and addiction.
The team at Markotich Lawyers are very experienced at running identification defences and self-defence matters. Even if you admit some wrong conduct, the skilled negotiation of the charges can be crucial to avoiding significant consequences, such as a jail term.
Whether you are innocent or not, facing an allegation of sexual assault is serious and can be very stressful. Extensive preparation backed by a solid and experienced legal team is vital to ensure the best outcome is achieved.
An IVO application may resolve with the consent of the other party or it may run to a contesting hearing where the applicant gives evidence. We provide representation for both types of orders whether you are the applicant or respondents.
Types of IVO’s
- Family Violence Order (FVO) – designed to protect you from a family members who are violent
A FVO is an order put in place by Victoria Police on behalf of a complainant, where the complainant is alleged to be a victim of family violence. FVO’s are imposed against accused persons as a matter of police policy in family violence cases. These orders are usually put in place on an immediate, interim basis for a 24–48 hour period, until the matter can be put before a Magistrate.
- Personal Safety Intervention Order (PSO) – Protect against violence from people who are not family members.
Any person who has been the victim of threats or feels their personal safety is at risk from another party can make an application for a Personal Safety Intervention Order (PSO). In order to do so, the applicant must make an appointment at their local Magistrates’ Court, and complete a detailed application form. Depending on the grounds of the application, the court registrar may:
- put the application immediately before a magistrate; or
- set down a court date in the near future to allow the respondent time to consider the application and attend court to answer the allegations.
Whether a PSO or a FVO, intervention orders and the court proceedings surrounding them, can be very lengthy, emotional and complex matters. Having legal representation at every stage of the IVO process is essential, as agreeing to an IVO (of any kind) must be treated with the utmost seriousness. Breaches of these orders are punishable by up to two years’ imprisonment and/or huge fines. There are also serious repercussions for people who hold firearms licenses or are involved in Family/Federal Court proceedings.