Many people in the Denver area could find themselves charged with a crime related to domestic violence.
Many times, these charges arise as a romantic or family relationship deteriorates into a divorce or breakup.
In situations like these, when emotions run high, even a calm and upstanding Colorado resident can make a serious mistake.
Unfortunately, it too often happens that accusations of abuse or domestic violence get made up, or greatly exaggerated, so one parent can get an advantage over the other parent in a divorce or custody proceeding.
Even One Charge Related to Domestic Violence Can Be Damaging
In Colorado, there are no separate crimes labelled as domestic violence crimes. In other words, authorities will charge an assault, harassment and the like will not be charged differently.
However, a person faces the possibility of enhanced penalties, especially if she has prior convictions. At a minimum, she will have to go to court-ordered treatment at her personal expense.
But even if a first-time offender can escape the most serious consequences, like jail time, a conviction related to domestic violence can still have long-term consequences that can last long after the case is over and done.
For example, someone convicted of domestic violence may face restrictions on his custody or parenting time and may lose the right to own or possess a firearm.
Those who are not citizens of the United States may face immigration consequences. Other personal and professional consequences are also possible.
For example, many professions and trades will not welcome or continue to welcome those who have committed an offense related to domestic violence.
In short, someone accused of domestic violence should evaluate his legal options carefully and consider whether he should a mount a defense to these potentially damaging charges.