No state, Colorado most definitely included, takes acts of violence against family members or significant others lightly. If you find yourself facing a domestic violence charge, you probably want to know how it could affect you now and in the future. The immediate consequence of a domestic violence accusation is jail time. If a law enforcement authority has any reason to suspect any truth to the accusation, you will go to jail just to remove you from the situation.
How does the state define domestic violence? What are the penalties attached to a conviction on such a charge? Is there any way for you to fight a domestic violence charge?
In Colorado, DV is…
The state of Colorado defines domestic violence as an act of violence or threatened act of violence against a family member, or current or former intimate partner. Domestic violence comes in many forms. A few of them are:
- Physical violence
- Emotional abuse
- Economic control
Clearly, domestic violence does cover a lot of ground. The state considers all types as serious offenses that can carry stiff penalties if prosecutors achieve a conviction.
There are a number of factors taken into consideration when determining penalty severity in DV cases. The court will look at:
- The type of abuse
- The age of the victim
- Your relationship to the victim
- If any weapons were used during the crime
Potential penalties include house arrest, treatment programs, probation, fines and incarceration. Individuals with prior convictions or those who used lethal weapons during the alleged assault will face the most severe consequences.
Possible DV defenses
Fighting accusations of domestic violence may seem hopeless, but in truth, it may not be. Various defense options may be open to you. An experienced criminal defense attorney will have the ability to review your case and let you know what defense options may work in your situation. You then will have the information you need to make decisions as your case progresses through the criminal court system.
While a domestic violence charge may feel like the end of the world, you still have the right to defend yourself and the right to tell your side of the story -- if you wish. You still have the right to do everything possible to protect your current and future interests. Legal counsel can help you accomplish all of this.