There are many reasons that people get charged with domestic violence in Denver. You and your spouse get into a heated argument, and one of you angrily phones the police. A neighbor hears shouting and reports you without even knowing what’s really going on. You’re involved in a custody dispute with your ex, and they claim abuse to give themselves the upper hand.
You may believe the domestic violence charges will go away because you know it is completely bogus. But it is a mistake to simply assume that you’ll receive a positive outcome, and you should know that hiring a domestic violence lawyer quickly is your best option. Law enforcement officials in Colorado take domestic violence situations very seriously, and the simple fact that you are charged means you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. This can mean consequences such as counseling, fines, a permanent criminal record, and possibly even jail time.
This is true even if the person who initially reported the abuse realizes that they went too far and tries to take back what they said. Domestic violence is such a serious issue in Colorado that, once the police are called in, they have to make an arrest almost without exception. Prosecutors in Denver are even given the ability to bring charges against you if the alleged victim admits that nothing happened or says they were just mad. Once the law is involved, it’s difficult to stop the process. That is why having an experienced domestic violence defense attorney who has argued against bogus domestic violence accusations successfully is important.
Once the chain of events is set into motion and the police get involved, even the purported victim’s apology or confession of false accusations can do little to stop the prosecutors from pursuing the charges against you. This is done to protect victims who may be too afraid to stand up against their abuser, and it provides law enforcement officials with the time they need to fully investigate the claim. Unfortunately, it can also cause completely innocent people to be railroaded into making a life-changing decision and admitting guilt just to get back to their normal lives.
That’s why you need an experienced defense attorney for domestic violence charges like Kevin Cahill by your side. His track record of success in defending those accused of domestic violence speaks to his understanding of local statutes and area law enforcement tactics as well as a strong desire to ensure your rights are protected.
Domestic violence charges for first time offenders in Colorado are usually considered a misdemeanor charge. However, previous convictions, use of a deadly weapon, and other circumstances could elevate the severity of domestic violence charges to a felony.
When most people think about domestic violence, the first image that comes to mind is a husband or boyfriend beating his wife or girlfriend. While this is absolutely one kind of domestic violence, it doesn’t begin to cover what the term actually means in Colorado.
It’s not just about married couples. Domestic violence encompasses violent acts against someone with whom you have a (or have had) an intimate relationship. While that certainly means that it can involve your wife, husband, or same-sex partner, other people are possibilities as well. These kinds of charges have been filed by roommates, coworkers, exes, and more. Basically, if you’ve ever had an intimate relationship with someone, no matter how long ago it happened, and you are later involved in violence against them, this can end up being a domestic violence charge.
No physical violence is necessary. This is the part of the law that usually shocks the most people. It’s pretty obvious that kicking, slapping, or hitting someone you have an intimate relationship with could be charged as domestic violence. But under Colorado law, even the threat of a violent act is enough. For example, if you and your spouse are screaming at each other and you say something like “Do that again and I’m going to kill you!” that counts as an act of domestic violence. Even using another person’s property to punish, control, coerce, intimidate, or get revenge against them may be construed as domestic violence if you have a close relationship with that person.
Because of this broad definition of domestic violence in Colorado, it is possible for Denver area residents to get slapped with an additional charge of domestic violence for any of the following crimes:
Before you can start fighting back against your Denver domestic violence charge, you first have to understand why you were charged in the first place. Kevin Cahill knows this, and he knows how frightening and confusing this time can be. He always makes sure to sit down with every client as soon as possible to go over the details and what’s likely going to happen. This not only helps to put clients at ease by giving them a clear picture of their situation, but also helps him to build your defense.
There are certain things that anyone accused of domestic violence needs to know so they don’t end up hurting their case.
Don’t talk to the victim. Many people who are accused of domestic violence in Denver think that they just have to work it out with the victim and everything will be okay. But there are two things that you have to realize.
The first is that the victim can’t stop the process once it’s been started. This has already been mentioned, but bears repeating. Even if you patch things up with them and they say nothing happened, your charges won’t go away.
The second thing to know is that making contact with the alleged victim is actually illegal once the mandatory protection order is entered. That’s right – you’re committing a crime just by talking to them. No matter how much you may want to make things right, stay away.
Don’t carry a firearm. Colorado law states that it is illegal for you to possess a weapon if you have been charged with domestic violence. It doesn’t matter if it’s a firearm that was legally purchased and registered either. Once the charge has been filed against you, the weapon has to go or you can get in even more serious trouble.
Let your attorney do their job. Kevin Cahill knows how frustrating it can be to feel like you can’t do anything about your charges, but once you are arrested, the best way to help yourself is to get a lawyer and let them do the job you hired them for. The only way to get your charges reduced or dismissed is to allow your attorney to present facts to the court that will display your good character and speak to your innocence.
Domestic violence is a serious issue in Colorado. Far too many people are made victims by the very people who are supposed to be providing them with love and support, and many are too afraid to do something about the abuse.
But just as we need to work to support victims and eliminate true instances of abuse, it is also important that we keep the system honest by protecting the rights of those who have been wrongfully accused or made a one-time error that they deeply regret. Choose Kevin Cahill and you’ll get a Denver lawyer dedicated to providing you with a tenacious defense designed to get your charges reduced or dropped altogether.
Don’t hesitate – start defending your rights today by calling the Law Office of Kevin Cahill at 720-445-9887 and scheduling your free consultation.