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Domestic Violence Attorney

If you have been charged with domestic violence, it can affect your employment, finances, family, and freedom.

An attorney can provide immediate help in order to prevent the situation from escalating.

Learn how a domestic violence attorney at our Denver, CO, firm can help resolve your case.

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Our criminal defense team is recognized and respected in Denver and other Colorado court systems for the outstanding results we we have achieved in settlements and trial awards. Our attorneys have dozens of combined years of experience and are members of several prestigious law organizations, including the Colorado Bar Association.

The qualified attorneys at The Dadvocates have experience in criminal and family law matters. If you have been charged with a crime, contact us as soon as possible and our team will take swift legal action. To schedule your free, no-obligation consultation, contact our lawyers online or call us in Denver, Colorado, at:

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Domestic Violence in Colorado

Domestic violence can come in the form of physical, psychological, emotional, or sexual abuse. The statistics listed here are cited from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
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Domestic Violence Laws in Colorado

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Increased Penalties

Domestic violence is an act or threatened act of violence or abuse upon a person with whom the perpetrator is or has been involved in an intimate relationship. In Colorado, criminal codes cover many acts of violence, including physical assault. However, there is not a specific criminal statute for domestic violence. This means that it is never charged as a single offense. Instead, it is added to other criminal charges and often acts a sentence enhancer or aggravator.

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Related Criminal Charges

The state's criminal code includes acts of violence and municipal ordinance violations against people or their property. You may be charged with physical or sexual assault, child abuse, stalking, harassment, weapons charges, false imprisonment, disorderly conduct, or another crime. Destroying property such as a cell phone can also result in charges if the action was done out of anger. Enhanced domestic violence penalties may be applied if the two people involved have an intimate relationship.

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How the State Defines Intimate Relationships

According to state statute 18-6-800.3, the state defines an intimate relationship as one that exists between spouses, former spouses, past or present unmarried couples, or persons who are both the parents of the same child regardless of whether the persons have been married or have lived together at any time.

What Happens When Police Respond
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In many cases, those involved in domestic violence and abuse incidents aren't aware of the immediate repercussions of the incident. Our lawyers keep offenders aware of the gravity of the situation and how Colorado laws and statutes affect these cases. Minor offenses can carry lifelong consequences, and minor domestic offenses can become more serious domestic abuse charges.

Mandatory Arrest Law

Colorado's mandatory arrest law in domestic violence cases requires police officers to arrest an offender if they determine there is probable case that a domestic abuse incident occurred. While the intention of this law was prevention, in practice, it often results in unnecessary arrests due to misunderstandings.

Immediate Jail Time

Once an offender is arrested, he or she is taken to jail. Offenders may have to spend the night in jail, where they will stay until a judge can set a bond amount and the offender can post bail.

Charge Dismissals

Under Colorado law, domestic violence charges can’t be dismissed, even if the accuser doesn’t wish to proceed with legal action. The only way the charge is dismissed is if the prosecuting agency declares to the court under oath that the case can't be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

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What to Do if You Are Charged with Domestic Violence

1. Contact Our Attorneys

Contact our lawyers for immediate assistance in getting bailed out of jail and defending yourself against all charges. These cases move through the courts quickly. Clients from throughout the state can contact our Denver attorneys at any time of the day and on weekends.

2. Understand Protective Orders

We can file a motion to dismiss and modify protective orders (known as restraining orders in other states). We can also help you understand what you need to do to comply with the terms of the restraining order so don't become subject to violation penalties.

Domestic Violence and Protection Orders

What Is a Protection Order?

Typically these orders are issued as a condition of bond and being released from jail. The order is intended to prevent the offender from harassing or intimidating the victim until the case is resolved. The judge in the case can incorporate various conditions into the order such as restrictions on going to the victim's home or place of employment and custody and visitation arrangements if children are involved.

Violations & Penalties

It is critical to abide by the terms of the protective order. Failing to do so can result in a Violation of a Protective Order charge, which can impact your domestic violence case. The first time an order is violated, it is a Class 2 misdemeanor, with penalties of up to one year in jail and $1,000 in fines. For subsequent violations, the penalty is a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to 18 months in jail and $5,000 in fines.

Lifting Protection Orders

To get a restraining order lifted or modified, consult one of our domestic violence attorneys. We can file a motion to dismiss or modify the restraining order. Next, a trial will be scheduled so the judge can see if you've violated the restraining order or other laws; whether you’ve started domestic abuse or anger management classes; the status of your case; and if the victim feels safe. The judge may then decide to grant the motion by dismissing the order altogether or modifying its terms.

The Type of Domestic Abuse Can Affect Your Case

Isolated Incidents

An isolated incident may occur when one partner either threatens to or commits physical harm on a single occasion. If the incident was isolated or was a one-time argument and misunderstanding, we may have a better chance of having the charges reduced or dropped.

Long-Term Abuse

If there are police reports and other evidence documenting long-term domestic abuse, the charges can become more serious. Our domestic violence lawyers in Denver can handle these complex cases and may recommend a plea to minimize penalties.

Domestic Violence in the United States

According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey 2010 Summary Report published by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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