Because domestic violence is a serious problem in Colorado, the laws are strictly enforced. While many relationships are afflicted by violence, sometimes people are falsely accused. However, the law requires anyone suspected of domestic violence to be arrested by the police and held without bond until a hearing before a judge.
At The Blair Law Office, we believe that anyone charged with a crime is entitled to the presumption of innocence and our Denver domestic violence defense lawyers fight for the rights of those who have been accused of domestic violence.
What is Domestic Violence?
The law defines domestic violence as an act or threat of violence against any person with whom the accused has or had an intimate relationship, including current or former spouses, parents, children, romantic partners, step-family members, or anyone residing in the same household.
Domestic violence is not a crime itself, but a sentencing enhancer that elevates the penalties for a violent act in the context of an intimate relationship. In particular, domestic violence involves a number of acts, including:
- Actual harm
- Threats of violence
- Sexual assault
- Shoving, hitting, slapping, etc.
In addition, domestic violence includes crimes committed against a third party or property in order to coerce, control, punish, intimidate or harass an individual with whom the accused has or had an intimate relationship. For example, threatening your in-laws or vandalizing your spouse’s car would be considered domestic violence.
Penalties for Domestic Violence in Denver, CO
A conviction can lead to a prison sentence, fines, court fees, probation fees, a permanent restraining order, mandatory enrollment in a domestic violence treatment program, and costs of treatment.
What is a Restraining Order?
After an individual has been arrested and charged with domestic violence the court will issue a mandatory restraining order barring the accused from harming, threatening or contacting the protected person. The court may also order the accused to vacate the home, surrender firearms, or refrain from other actions, such as consuming alcohol.
The order can be made permanent if the court determines the accused has taken any action that requires being restrained or poses a threat of harm in the future. Violating a restraining order is also a crime that can lead to additional charges.
Bold & Aggressive Domestic Violence Criminal Defense
If you are convicted of domestic violence you may not be able to return to your home or see your children and you will lose your right to possess a firearm. In addition, your reputation will be damaged and you may have difficulty finding or keeping a job or securing a place to live.
The Blair Law Office fights for the rights of those who have been charged with domestic violence. While this is a serious offense, we know that many individuals are falsely accused by those who are angry or seeking revenge. If you have been charged with a crime involving domestic violence and you are a resident in Denver, Adams County, Arapahoe County or Jefferson County, get in contact with a domestic violence defense lawyer today.