Colorado Springs Defense Attorneys: Consequences of Domestic Violence
The consequences of a domestic violence conviction are no joke. It is important that you first know that domestic violence doesn't exist as a crime by itself. Instead, it is sentencing enhancer and describes the relationship between the defendant and the victim. If domestic violence is added to your charge, you are looking at many more penalties. In most of the cases that come across our desk, domestic violence is typically attached to third degree assault, harassment, menacing, and criminal mischief. Furthermore, the prosecution cannot remove the domestic violence label from the charge, when facts exist that an act of domestic violence actually occurred. Sentencing requirements sometimes include the following:
Domestic violence treatment (normally a 36 week program)
Compulsory protection order
Under federal law, you lose the right to possess a firearm
Substance abuse evaluation and treatment
Domestic violence counseling. According to the Colorado Revised Statute 18-6-800, counseling is a requirement if found guilty of domestic violence: any crime against property when such crime is used as a method of coercion, control, punishment, intimidation, or revenge that is directed against a person with who the defendant is or has been involved in an intimate relationship shall be ordered to complete a domestic violence treatment program and a treatment evaluation that conforms with the standards adopted by the domestic violence offender management board.