While domestic violence is a serious charge anywhere in the United States, it is especially grave in Colorado, because our state has passed some of the most excessively severe domestic violence laws in the country. Because of Colorado's very strict approach, you may quickly find yourself labeled as a domestic abuser. How does Colorado law exactly define domestic violence?
“Domestic violence means an act or threatened act of violence upon a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship. ’Domestic violence‘ also includes any other crime against a person, or against property, including an animal, or any municipal ordinance violation against a person, or against property, including an animal, when used as a method of coercion, control, punishment, intimidation, or revenge directed against a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship.” CRS 18-6-800
Under Colorado law, police officers must make an arrest every time they are called to investigate an incident and believe that there was some type of domestic violence involved. At first, that rule was set in place so that, if domestic violence was indeed happening, the victim wouldn't be in further danger after the police left without an arrest. Where some minor cases could be resolved through police mediation, now even the smallest incidents require an arrest. Furthermore, when the case goes to court, prosecutors are not allowed to dismiss the case or reduce the charge down from domestic violence to a lesser charge.
Due to these laws, the penalties for domestic violence are very harsh. Depending on the situation, you could be facing misdemeanor or felony charges. Felony charges occur if there is a reason to believe serious harm was intended, if a dangerous weapon was used during the assault, and/or if you are a repeat domestic violence offender. While misdemeanor charges are serious, felony domestic violence charges can severely affect your future and carry longer prison terms and hefty fines. There are so many emotions surrounding a domestic violence charge. Because the Colorado legal system is very harsh concerning this specific charge, you need to be armed with the best Colorado Springs felony domestic violence lawyer. We've successfully defended many people and will work hard to dismiss or withstand a domestic violence charge. Call us today to see how we can help you.719-227-0230.