Colorado’s domestic violence laws differ from other states’ domestic violence regulations. According to the state, domestic violence is the act or threatened act of violence upon someone with whom the accused has a relationship. It may also be referred to as a crime that is committed by means of coercion, control, punishment, intimidation, or revenge against a partner. If you have been accused of domestic violence in Colorado, it may be difficult to eliminate or minimize charges brought against you without an experienced attorney’s assistance. At Anderson & Carnahan, Attorneys at Law, we offer clients two criminal defense attorneysfor the price of one, and may assist clients who are facing domestic violence charges. To learn how our criminal defense may be able to help in your case, please contact our firm.
For most crimes, a police officer must use their own discretion to arrest and/or charge an individual; however, if an officer is called out to a domestic violence scene, and they have probable cause to arrest a person, said suspect must be arrested without undue delay. When the person is booked into jail, they will not be given a bond until they have been informed of a bond hearing. If a victim decides to drop charges against the suspect, the individual may not necessarily have their case dismissed. All crimes in Colorado are known as affronts to the peace and dignity of the State, and only the District Attorney can decide to drop the case.
Domestic violence cases in Colorado are known as victim’s rights cases, which means the victim may consult with the DA before any offers are made, and when the bond is specified. Victims may also speak at the sentencing, and may choose to be notified when the suspect is released. If a person has committed three acts of domestic violence, and is convicted a fourth time, they may be facing felony charges. Individuals who have more than three domestic violence charges on their record may be referred to as habitual domestic violence offenders, and the crime may be moved to a class five felony. A person charged with domestic violence must attend domestic violence classes, and they are not eligible for home detention if they live with the victim.
Domestic violence laws in Colorado are very strict, and it may be difficult for a person to minimize or eradicate domestic violence charges without legal assistance. If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, please contact Anderson & Carnahan, Attorneys at Law. We have over 30 years of combined legal experience, and our attorneys have assisted numerous clients with domestic violence cases.
Please call our firm as soon as you have been accused, or fill out a free case evaluation.