Colorado Springs Domestic Violence Lawyer
In Colorado, you can be convicted of domestic violence if you are proven to have committed a crime or threat against a person with whom you are or were involved in an intimate relationship, so it’s important to have a wel-versed domestic violence attorney. Domestic violence is not a specific crime in itself; it does, however, enhance the penalties for any crime committed within the context of a domestic relationship when the intention is to threaten, control, punish, or intimidate the other party:
- A spouse or ex-spouse
- A person you currently or formerly lived with or dated, whether of the same sex or different sexes, regardless of whether the relationship was sexual
- The other parent of your child, whether or not you’ve ever lived together
3 Important Ways Domestic Violence Charges Are Different
- In Colorado, domestic violence allegations are handled differently from other types of accusation in several ways. For one, arrest is mandatory whenever the police are called out on a domestic violence charge. In most other cases, a police officer can exercise a certain amount of discretion. Not so in accusations of domestic violence. If the slightest probable cause exists, the accused must be arrested on the spot and jailed, and is not allowed to post bond until the alleged victim is informed and allowed to be heard.
- The accuser can’t decide to withdraw the accusation after it has been made to police, and the mandatory arrest rule still applies. The state can prosecute regardless of the desire of the alleged victim to pursue the matter.
- The alleged victim has special rights in a domestic violence case and has the right to speak at sentencing and to be informed when the defendant is to be released. This can give the accuser significant power over the outcome for the accused.
Potential Penalties and Consequences if You’re Convicted of Domestic Violence
- Jail time
- Fines and court costs.
- Domestic violence treatment for an indefinite period, along with psychiatric, anger management, and substance abuse treatment period, at your expense.
- A mandatory order of protection order that will remain in effect until your sentence is completed.
- Involvement of child protective services (DHS/CPS) in divorce proceedings
- Involuntarily discharge from the military
- Loss of military beneﬁts
- Loss of custody of your children
- Inability to visit your children without supervision, which is at your expense
- Inability to qualify for public housing or other public assistance
- Difficulty obtaining housing
- Inability to obtain student loans
- Disqualification for public office or government jobs
- Loss of Second Amendment gun rights and hunting privileges
- Loss of voting rights
- Deportation, if non- US citizen
You Need a Lawyer
Because the consequences are so dire, you cannot afford to take the risk of facing a domestic violence charge without an experienced criminal defense lawyer. In Colorado Springs, Steven Rodemer is an effective and highly regarded domestic violence attorney and former prosecutor who has a stellar track record of successfully defending against accusations of these serious crimes.
Domestic violence is an area rife with potential for false allegations when emotions are running high, complicated by the fact that even if your accuser has second thoughts, there is no possibility of retraction and your arrest is mandatory. At the Rodemer Law Offices, we conduct a thorough investigation and look into possible motivations for a false accusation as well as other possible defenses, such as self-defense of insufficient proof of abuse.
Resist the temptation to use a public defender, who has such an overwhelmingly large caseload that he or she will have little time to devote to your defense. Call Steve Rodemer immediately for your best shot at an outcome that will preserve your freedom and your assets, and your prospects for the future.
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