VIC Separate Charges for Intervention Order and Criminal Matter?

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Well-Known Member
24 September 2014
If someone broke a intervention order (restraining order) and they were proven guilty and got charged. If there was enough evidence for the police to do a investigation on a criminal matter on the same person and they were proved guilty. Can they get charged on both the intervention order and the criminal law matter?

Sarah J

Well-Known Member
16 July 2014
Melbourne, Victoria
Breaching an intervention order (or any other court order) is an offence in itself. Committing some other criminal offence on top of that, even if they arise out of the same facts, does not prevent the police from charging for the two different offences. However, charging someone is the police's discretion. They can choose whether to charge a person or not, and if so, whether to charge the person for both offences or just the more serious one.