Domestic Violence, C.R.S. 18-6-800.3 is charged in Denver, Rio Grande County and everywhere else in Colorado whenever an act or threatened act of violence is committed against another person with whom the actor is or has been in an intimate relationship. Domestic Violence can also include any crime committed against a person or property, including an animal, or any municipal ordinance violation against a person or property, including an animal. The crime or municipal ordinance violation committed against a person or property would have to be used as a method of coercion, control, punishment, intimidation, or revenge directed against a person the actor is or has been in an intimate relationship with. If you've been charged or arrested for Domestic Violence anywhere in Colorado, call the top criminal defense lawyers at the O'Malley Law Office right away.
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Changed Definition of Intimate Relationships in Douglas County, Colorado
In a Colorado Supreme Court ruling in February of 2010, it said that evidence of a sexual relationship was no longer necessary to establish the existence of intimate relationships for the purposes of the Colorado Domestic Violence statute. Thus, the definition of an intimate relationship in Douglas, Adams County and everywhere else in Colorado became even broader. Now, an intimate relationship includes a relationship between:
- Former spouses;
- Past or present unmarried couples;
- People who are parents of the same child (regardless of whether they've been married or lived together at any point).
Examples of Domestic Violence in Colorado
There are many situations where Domestic Violence can be charged alongside another offense across Colorado. Think of the ex-boyfriend who causes damage to his ex-girlfriend's vehicle out of revenge for their breakup in Arapahoe County, Colorado. He could be charged with Criminal Mischief and Domestic Violence. Or, think of the husband who hits his wife in an argument. He could be charged with Assault – Domestic Violence. Domestic Violence serves as a sentence enhancer in Colorado, and thanks to the broad definition of intimate relationships, many people are facing steeper sentences as a result. If you've been charged with Domestic Violence anywhere in Colorado, you need to contact our Domestic Violence lawyers immediately. Upon a conviction of DV, you could risk losing your job, your children and your firearm rights. There are too many risks involved in a Domestic Violence case and you need an experienced attorney who can represent you in court.
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If you or a loved one has been charged with Domestic Violence in Colorado, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent and call the best criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880 or fill out the “Get Help Now” form on the side of this page. Together, we can protect your future.Request a Free Consultation
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