In many relationships, it is inevitable to avoid an argument. However, if an argument gets out of control and you cause injury to someone, you can risk facing criminal charges. According to one recent news story, a police commissioner has been arrested and charged with assaulting his wife. He is being accused of grabbing his wife by the arms, pulling her to the ground and causing injury to her arms and knees. The man has apparently served as police commissioner for celebrities and CEOs, as a mayor and as a deputy mayor for a couple of years. In Denver, the police commissioner would be facing charges of Domestic Violence Third Degree Assault.
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Domestic Violence Lawyer in Douglas and Adams County | The “DV” Label
In Douglas and Adams County, “Domestic Violence”, C.R.S. 18-6-800.3, acts as a sentence enhancer and can attach to any crime, such as Assault, Harassment, or Disorderly Conduct. As a sentence enhancer, it only aggravates the consequences of a guilty plea or guilty jury verdict. An act or threatened act of violence upon someone whom an actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship with will be considered Domestic Violence. However, Domestic Violence does not always need to attach to a violent crime or criminal offense to be charged. Domestic Violence also includes any other crime against a person or property, including an animal, when used as a method of coercion, control, punishment, intimidation, or revenge directed against someone who an actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship with.
Domestic Violence Assault in the Third Degree in Arapahoe County | Definition of DV 3rd Degree Assault
In Arapahoe County, one way Assault in the Third Degree, C.R.S. 18-3-204, is charged is when a person knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another person or with criminal negligence the person causes bodily injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon. “Bodily Injury” results by definition when a person feels any pain. Because the police officer grabbed his wife and pulled her to the ground, causing injury to her arms and knees, he would likely be facing charges of 3rd Degree Assault. The Domestic Violence sentence enhancer would attach to the 3rd Degree Assault crime since the crime was committed against his wife, who qualifies as someone he is in an intimate relationship with.
Attorney in Jefferson County for Domestic Violence 3rd Degree Assault: Call the O'Malley Law Office
In Jefferson County, if you plead guilty to a criminal offense (where Domestic Violence is attached), you not only risk facing possible jail time and high fines, but you also risk losing your firearm rights under a mandatory protection order or federal law. You may also be prohibited from having contact with an alleged victim, possessing alcohol or having marijuana for any reason. To be sure your freedom and rights are protected in Colorado if facing charges of Domestic Violence Assault, contact the O'Malley Law Office immediately. We will fight to get the best possible outcome in your criminal case.
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