Domestic Violence, C.R.S. 18-6-800.3, is a sentence enhancer in Denver and Arapahoe County, Colorado. It is often charged alongside crimes like Harassment, C.R.S. 18-9-111, Stalking, 18-3-602, or Sexual Assault, C.R.S. 18-3-402. Continue reading to find more information on Domestic Violence and abuse charges in Colorado.
Information on Domestic Violence and Definition of an Intimate Relationship
An intimate relationship is 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 they have been married or have lived together at any time.
To be convicted of Domestic Violence in Aurora or Littleton, Colorado, prosecutors would have to prove you were in an “intimate relationship” with someone when committing a crime involving punishment, force, intimidation, coercion, control or revenge. The definition of an intimate relationship is broad and makes it easier for people to face aggravated charges of a crime. For instance, a guy could have dated a girl for a week before being charged with Harassment against her months later. Even though their relationship was short, and did not necessarily involve any sexual contact, he could still also be charged with Domestic Violence under the definition of intimate relationship.
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Douglas County Domestic Violence Offenders All Treated the Same
In Douglas and Adams County, and across Colorado, people charged with Domestic Violence have to undergo a treatment program under the Domestic Violence Offender Management Board. Our government wants to be tough on those charged with Domestic Violence. That's why the treatment program for people convicted of crimes such as Domestic Violence Assault or Domestic Violence Unlawful Sexual Contact, is the same.
It takes little imagination to realize it just doesn't make sense to treat all DV cases the same. A man who got into an argument one night with his wife and threw an object at her out of anger is very different from a man who repeatedly hits and injures his wife. Yet, our government isn't thinking of the inequality in punishment. They are more concerned about how the public will view them if they're not tough enough on domestic violence cases. One size fits all programs rarely work.
Our criminal defense lawyers have a passion for defending clients who are falsely accused, overcharged or unfairly charged with Domestic Violence in Denver, Jefferson and El Paso County. We know that our justice system is flawed. Contact one of our exceptional criminal defense lawyers to find more information on Domestic Violence charges.
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If you or a loved one is facing Domestic Violence (DV) charges in Denver, Littleton or Aurora, Colorado, or have been contacted by the police, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the best criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office for a free consultation at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.Request a Free Consultation
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