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Domestic Violence

Denver Domestic Violence Lawyers

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Domestic violence is recognized under Colorado law as any act or threatened act of violence upon someone with whom the perpetrator has or has had an intimate relationship. This definition extends beyond physical violence and includes emotional, psychological, and financial abuse, making it a complex and multifaceted legal issue. In Denver, like the rest of the state, these actions are not just harmful; they are clear law violations that can lead to severe penalties. The consequences of a domestic violence conviction can be profound, affecting various aspects of a person's life, including employment opportunities, housing, and personal relationships.

Facing charges of domestic violence can be particularly challenging due to the varied contexts in which such allegations can arise. These may include situations of self-defense, misunderstandings, or even false accusations. Each scenario demands a nuanced approach to navigating the legal system. Uncovering the truth requires a meticulous investigation and a detailed analysis of all evidence. Moreover, constructing a compelling and logical narrative is essential for presenting the case clearly and persuasively.

Defense attorneys handling domestic violence cases have the requisite skills, knowledge, and resources to critically examine the strengths and weaknesses of the prosecution's case. They are adept at developing robust defense strategies, leveraging procedural and substantive defenses, and representing the accused in negotiations and court trials. Their role is critical in protecting the rights of the accused throughout the legal process.

At Denver Family Lawyers, we understand the stakes are high for individuals accused of domestic violence. We begin by listening intently to our clients' perspectives to understand their side of the story fully. Our approach to legal defense is highly personalized; we craft strategies tailored to each case's specifics.

If you or someone you know is facing accusations of domestic violence, seek skilled legal representation immediately. Call our Denver attorneys at (303) 225-3343 or contact us online.

What Is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence, as defined by Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S. 18-6-800.3), encompasses a range of behaviors that involve an act or threatened act of violence against a person with whom the actor has an intimate relationship. 

The law recognizes intimate relationships as those between:

  • Spouses
  • Former spouses
  • Past or present unmarried couples
  • Persons who have a child together, regardless of whether they have been married or have lived together

Various offenses can include acts of domestic violence, such as the following:

  • Assault
  • Stalking
  • Harassment
  • Sexual contact
  • Sexual assault

Law enforcement officers are required to arrest an individual when there is probable cause to believe a domestic violence offense has occurred. The process involves taking the suspect into custody and to the local police station for booking. 

In making determinations about which party is the primary aggressor, officers consider several factors:

  • Previous complaints of domestic violence
  • The severity of injuries suffered
  • The potential for future harm
  • Evidence indicating whether one party acted in self-defense

Facing allegations of domestic violence is a serious matter with potential long-term consequences. It is crucial for anyone accused to have a robust legal defense. Legal professionals can assist in these situations, providing the necessary support to challenge the prosecution’s claims and aiming for favorable outcomes.


Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction

The legal consequences of a domestic violence conviction are substantial and vary significantly based on the specifics of the crime. Charges related to domestic violence can be misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the severity and circumstances of the underlying offense. Notably, a domestic violence designation intensifies the penalties associated with the primary offense. For instance, a misdemeanor charge can escalate to a class 5 felony if the accused has three or more previous domestic violence convictions.

The range of legal outcomes following a domestic violence conviction includes:

  • Completion of a treatment program
  • Incarceration
  • Fines
  • Loss of firearm rights

Additionally, the repercussions of a domestic violence conviction extend beyond immediate penalties. A conviction leads to a permanent criminal record, which can be accessed by the public, including potential employers and rental agencies. This record can severely limit opportunities and affect one's social standing.

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