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Have you been charged with a domestic violence crime? These cases require special handling. Domestic violence charges are very likely to lead to jail time and are rarely dismissed. You need an advocate, someone protecting your rights.
These cases are fast-tracked in Colorado and you will be offered a plea agreement soon after charges are filed. Do not accept a plea agreement without consulting an attorney.
Domestic violence cases have implications for you and your family. Our experience dealing with sensitive, family-focused issues means we bring understanding and compassion to your case as we work with you to seek the best possible outcome.
We specialize in:
• Petty offenses • Misdemeanors • Felonies • No-contact orders
You should never attempt to handle a charge classified as domestic violence on your own. When police respond to a domestic disturbance call, it is a near certainty that one or both people involved will be arrested and placed in jail. You need an advocate who will take the time to understand the particulars of your situation and who will protect your rights.
No. Domestic violence is a classification based on the relationship between the alleged perpetrator and the victim. A domestic violence classification can be attached to felonies, misdemeanors, or petty offenses. If you are charged with violence, threatening violence, or any crime committed for the purpose of coercing, controlling, punishing, or exacting revenge against a person who you are or have been intimate with, your charges will be classified as a domestic violence crime.
The alleged victim cannot order the charges to be dropped. Once
If you are facing a domestic violence charge, the court must issue a no-contact order which requires you to stay away from the victim. This order holds even if the victim is your spouse and you share a residence.
You can ask the court for the no-contact order to be lifted or adjusted. However, you will have to convince the court that any changes to the order will not place the alleged victim in further danger. An attorney’s assistance is helpful in getting a no-contact order modified.
If you are convicted or accept a plea agreement that includes the domestic violence classification, you’ll be required to complete a domestic violence evaluation with a therapist to determine if you need domestic violence treatment. Usually the therapist will recommend treatment (a mix of therapy and classes) which can range from very intensive long-term treatment down to basic group sessions once per week for a few months Treatment can be costly and is included in the costs of your case at sentencing.