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When Domestic Disputes Result In Criminal Charges

We all know that relationships between family members, spouses, roommates and exes can be complicated and, at times, become strained. When emotions run high, both parties may say or do things that they don't mean and later regret. If you were involved in a domestic argument or dispute and are now facing criminal charges of domestic violence, you need to understand what those charges mean and potentially what's at stake.

What Actions Constitute Domestic Violence In Colorado?

Many Colorado residents may think that domestic violence refers only to physical violence. While actions including grabbing, hitting, kicking and punching are likely to lead to domestic violence charges, so can other less obvious ones, including:

  • Verbal threats or intimidation
  • Harassing phone calls
  • Throwing things
  • Grabbing an item away from someone
  • Following someone
  • Damaging or destroying property
  • Threats or acts of self-harm

Given the broad scope of actions included under Colorado's domestic violence laws, it is not surprising that something as seemingly innocuous as taking a cellphone from a spouse's hands can be grounds for charging you with domestic violence.

Penalties Associated With A Domestic Violence Conviction

If you are convicted of criminal charges related to domestic violence, you face serious penalties that may include:

  • Misdemeanor or felony charges on your record
  • Time in jail or prison
  • Enrollment in domestic violence treatment program(s)
  • Being banned from purchasing or possessing a firearm
  • Inclusion in alcohol or drug treatment program(s)
  • A protection order banning you from having any contact with the other involved individual(s)

Additionally, if you and the other involved party share a child, you will likely be barred from seeing or having any contact with that child until the terms of the protection order are amended or expire.

What To Do If You Are Facing Domestic Violence Charges

If you're facing misdemeanor or felony charges related to domestic violence, it's important to contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. For the sake of all involved parties, accusations of domestic violence should always be taken seriously, but should also be thoroughly investigated. To ensure that your rights and best interests are protected, a defense attorney will review your case and take action to build a strong defense with the goal of obtaining a dismissal or reduction of charges.

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