If you or someone you know has been arrested and charged with Domestic Violence or a Domestic Violence Related Offense, it is imperative that you find a Domestic Violence Defense attorney to help you navigate the complex legal system and help you to get the best possible outcome.
It is important to understand that Domestic Violence is not a criminal charge in and of itself. In circumstances when there is (or was formerly) an intimate relationship between the people involved, and one of the fore mentioned offenses occurs, it will be considered a Domestic Violence Related Offense.
A person could be charged with harassment, or under the right circumstances they could be charged with Harassment / Domestic Violence. This is a common area of confusion and it is important that you know that in order to be charged with a Domestic Violence offense the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that you have, or have had at a point in time, intimate relations with the victim.
Being charged with a Domestic Violence Offense vs. a not Domestic Violence Related Offense has serious implications. It will likely enhance your sentence and add additional terms to probation. It will be mandatory that you attend a minimum of 36 domestic violence classes, and very likely you will have to complete a minimum of 12 hours of community service. These are minimum sentencing likelihood’s. Depending on the severity of the offense the charges you are facing may be much stiffer. There also may be career implications as many employers will not hire a person with a Domestic Violence Conviction. Take the time to learn about the various offenses often associated with Domestic Violence by visiting our Colorado Criminal Codes Section.
Please visit the pages below to learn about other serious consequences of Domestic Violence Convictions: