Whenever a person is involved in a criminal case, judges in Douglas and Larimer County issue a criminal restraining order. These are mandatory, and serve as a protection for victims and witnesses. The orders are issued at the defendant's first court appearance and normally expire at the resolution of the case, foregoing any unseen circumstances.
Examples of Cases Where a Protection Order is Issued in the Denver, Colorado Area:
Criminal Restraining / Protection Orders are issued in all criminal cases. An example of a few crimes for which one is issued is listed below (but are not limited to the following crimes in Jefferson, Adams, and Weld County):
– Domestic Violence
– Influencing a Witness
– Sex / Sexual Crimes
A Restraining Order is issued in every criminal case in Colorado
Conditions Placed on the Defendant in Denver Aurora, and Brighton Restraining Orders
There are many restrictions on the restrained party. For example, the defendant in a criminal case with a restraining order cannot consume or possess alcohol, cannot have any contact with the alleged victim, cannot attempt to locate the protected victim, and is prohibited from possessing any firearms or weapons.
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Consequences of Violating Restraining Orders in Colorado
There are severe consequences for breaking the conditions of a restraining order in Denver, Arapahoe, and El Paso County. If any of the rules are not adhered to, the defendant will be charged with Violation of a Restraining Order – C.R.S. 18-6-803.5. This crime is a class 2 misdemeanor, which means the defendant could face arrest, will have an increased bond, and the protection order will not be dropped.
- Class 2 Misdemeanor
- Possibility of Arrest
- Increased Bond Amount
- Refusal to Drop Order
- Possible Jail Time
Why You Need a Skilled Criminal Restraining Order Defense Attorney
At O'Malley and Sawyer, we work hard to defend our clients. Because of the importance of these orders and the fact that they can be changed to a permanent Civil Protection / Restraining Order, C.R.S. 13-14-105, following the trial with the encouragement of a Victim's Advocate, we advise you to strictly follow the conditions of the restraining order set forth by the court. Exercise sound judgment and good behavior. Working with a skilled restraining order attorney is extremely beneficial if you are the restrained party in a criminal case. In some cases, we have been influential in having these orders modified to enable a parent to have visitation with his children. For example, the restraining order might have been placed due to the accusations of an angry spouse. The husband might not be allowed to have contact with his ex-wife, but he could have parenting rights with his children. However, this type of allowance depends on the charge. Contact us for a free initial consultation to discuss the possibility of getting your Restraining Order modified.
Our attorneys have been influential in having the restrictions of Restraining Orders modified
Are You a Restrained Party? Be Careful
If you have a Restraining Order against you in Lakewood, Castle Rock, or Arvada, please tread carefully. Do not speak with anyone regarding your case as this could further incriminate you. Also, follow the conditions of the order in order to avoid being charged with Violating a Restraining Order and facing further charges. Contact an understanding criminal lawyer at our office to advise you of your rights, and discuss the best defense to use in representing you in court.