Domestic violence stalking charges in Arapahoe, Douglas, and El Paso County often involve concerning behavior after a messy breakup or divorce. Sometimes the partner who didn't want the separation chooses to repeatedly contact or follow their ex, or even their ex's new romantic interest. Just last week, a patrol officer in Colorado was arrested for domestic violence stalking after allegedly using mobile phone tracking software and police department equipment to monitor her husband post separation. If you or someone you know has been accused of DV stalking in Aurora, Castle Rock, or Colorado Springs, contact a strategic criminal lawyer right away to confidentially discuss your case.
What Does Stalking Mean in El Paso County?
Colorado law prohibits repeated behaviors like contacting, following, and approaching a person that leads to their serious emotional distress. CRS 18-3-602 defines stalking in Aurora, Castle Rock, and Colorado Springs. Law enforcement pursues charges if they believe you:
- directly or indirectly through another person,
- made a credible threat and repeatedly followed, approached, placed under surveillance, or contacted a person, their immediate family, or their romantic interest,
- OR made any repeated form of communication to these individuals that could and did cause serious emotional stress
This often occurs electronically in our day and age via text, social media, or email. The domestic violence element of this offense applies when the victim and defendant are or were in a romantic relationship.
How Much Jail Time for Stalking in Colorado?
Stalking is a felony throughout Colorado's 64 counties. A first-time stalking charge is a class 5 felony and a conviction can lead to:
- up to 4 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections,
- 2 years of parole,
- fines of $1K - $100K
Some victims of stalking will also pursue a civil lawsuit in certain cases. Stalking increases to a class 4 felony if the defendant has another stalking conviction within the last 7 years or if they're violating terms of a protection order, probation, or parole. This can double the prison sentence and add significant fine amounts.
Colorado's Top Stalking Defense Lawyer
An allegation of domestic violence stalking in Colorado threatens both your reputation and future. In some cases, a defendant has either been falsely accused, overcharged, or has struggled with the emotions of an impactful breakup and their ex's new love interest. The defense attorneys at Sawyer Legal Group are here to help defendants achieve the best possible outcome in their unique case. Contact our office today to schedule a free, confidential consultation with one of our experienced criminal lawyers. We offer same-day jail visits, affordable fees, and flexible payment plans to ensure quality, persistent representation is a reality for the accused.
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