In Colorado, domestic violence crimes are prosecuted aggressively. These crimes are
considered particularly heinous because they involve two parties who are currently, or
have previously been in an intimate relationship, and because there is often a relatively
high chance of future violence. If you’re facing domestic violence charges, call our Castle
Rock criminal defense lawyers for aggressive representation.
What Offenses are Considered “Domestic Violence?”
In Colorado, the term “domestic violence” refers to any violent act or threat of violence
against someone with whom the assailant has had an intimate relationship. However, it also
includes any other crime which was committed to coerce, punish, intimidate, control, or get
vengeance against the individual.
What is Considered an Intimate Relationship?
In order to be considered domestic violence, the two parties must have a current or prior
intimate relationship. This would include current and former spouses, current and former
unmarried couples, and parents of the same child.
What Are the Consequences for Domestic Violence Convictions?
If you are convicted of a domestic violence crime, you will be subject to the same penalties
as the underlying crime. These consequences can vary widely depending on the severity of the
crime, and can include fines, jail time, community service, and more. Additionally, you may be
ordered to complete domestic violence treatment programs, and may have a protective order issued
Are Police Officers Required to Arrest Domestic Violence Suspects?
Although it depends somewhat on the circumstances, police officers are generally required to
arrest a party if they have probably cause to believe they committed an act of domestic
violence. They will consider any previous complaints of domestic violence, the severity of
injuries which were inflicted, the chances of future injury occurring, and a number of other
factors to determine if an arrest should be made. Generally, police will err on the side of
caution to protect the victim.
Is a Protective Order Always Issued?
A protective order, commonly known as a restraining order, will not be issued in every case.
In other case, however, multiple protective orders may be issued. The judge will look at the
evidence in the case, and will generally issue a temporary protective order if they believe
that an imminent danger exists to the victim or their family. These orders will often be
requested by the victim, but may also be issued at the discretion of the court.
If you have been accused of domestic violence, Fourth Street Law can help defend your
rights and freedom. Call our firm today at (303) 847-0120.