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Denver Domestic Violence Attorney – Senator Arrested for Domestic Violence After Punching Woman

Posted by Terry O'Malley | Dec 04, 2015 | 0 Comments

It's never easy to hold your tongue or refrain from losing your temper in an argument. Arguments happen all of the time and when they do, sometimes they result in harmful outcomes. According to a recent news story I read, an argument got out of hand and resulted in the arrest of a state senator. A state senator allegedly punched his ex-girlfriend in the face after an argument.  Police reported the ex-girlfriend's friend was who ended up getting into an argument with the senator. When the ex-girlfriend tried to intervene, however, the senator punched her in the face, leaving her with a swollen eye. The senator described a different series of events to police, saying he got into an argument with two or three other people, but didn't remember the details. He claims he suffers from memory problems. In Arapahoe and Douglas County, if the ex-girlfriend's side of the story is true, the senator could be charged with AssaultDomestic Violence.

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A Punch is Considered Assault in the Third Degree in Jefferson County

If the senator really did punch the ex-girlfriend in the face and caused her eye to swell, he could be charged with Assault in the Third Degree, C.R.S. 18-3-204. For causing bodily injury to the ex-girlfriend (causing her eye to swell) with a deadly weapon (his fists), he could be charged with Third Degree Assault. Whether his actions were intentional would be up to the prosecution to prove. A Jefferson County District Attorney would have to prove he either:

  1. Knowingly or recklessly caused bodily injury; or
  2. With criminal negligence caused bodily injury with a deadly weapon.

Proving these elements could be tough. Because of the complexities of Third Degree Assault and the fact that victims often dramatize their sides of the story, it's absolutely vital to hire a criminal defense attorney. Our Third Degree Assault criminal defense attorneys will work hard to prove your innocence.

If facing charges of Third Degree Assault, contact a Denver Third Degree Assault attorney today.

Adams County Domestic Violence Attorney: Domestic Violence Charges Result from an Intimate Relationship

Now, just because the man was in an intimate relationship with the woman, he could also be charged with Domestic Violence, C.R.S. 18-6-800.3. Domestic violence includes any act or threatened act of violence on a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship. An intimate relationship is defined as:

“A relationship between spouses, former spouses, past or present unmarried couples, or persons who are both the parents of the same child regardless of whether the persons have been married or have lived together at any time.”

Since the senator allegedly punched his ex-girlfriend (who was romantically involved with him), he could be charged with the sentence enhancer Domestic Violence. Personally, I think the Domestic Violence (DV) label can be a little dramatic sometimes. The DV label is so broad that committing a crime against someone you held hands with on occasion, or kissed on occasion (from years ago) would qualify as Domestic Violence. Domestic Violence is just another way men and women could spend more time in the Adams County jail. Because of the severity of a Domestic Violence charge, it's imperative you consult a Denver Domestic Violence attorney right away.

Charged with Assault – Domestic Violence? Contact Us

If you've been charged or accused of Assault in the Third Degree – Domestic Violence, or any other crime with the added DV label, contact a Domestic Violence attorney or Third Degree Assault defenese attorney today. Do not speak with police. The more information police have about you, the more it will negatively affect your case. Instead, involve a Denver Domestic Violence Attorney or Third Degree Assault criminal defense attorney in your case immediately.

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If you or a loved one has been charged, accused or arrested for Domestic Violence in Highlands Ranch, Boulder or Parker, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call our expert Domestic Violence criminal defense lawyers today at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.Request a Free Consultation

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