Denver Domestic Violence Lawyer
Taking Accusations of Violence Seriously in Colorado
People can be charged with domestic violence in Denver for many reasons.
For instance, you and your spouse may get into a heated argument, and
one of you phones the police. Or, you’re involved in a custody dispute
with your ex and they claim abuse to get the upper hand.
You might believe that your domestic violence charge will go away because
you know it is completely bogus, but it is a mistake to assume that you
will receive a favorable outcome without a fight.
Hiring a Denver domestic violence attorney quickly is your best option.
Colorado law enforcement officials take domestic violence situations very
seriously. The simple fact that you are accused means that you will be
prosecuted to the full extent of the law. At the Law Office of Kevin Cahill,
Attorney Kevin Cahill will learn about your needs and protect your best interests throughout
the entire judicial process.
Accusations are damaging on their own. Schedule a consultationwith a Denver domestic violence defense lawyer to discuss your options. Call
(720) 548-2990 today.
Domestic Violence in Colorado
In Colorado, domestic violence is such a serious issue that, once the police
are called in, they have to make an arrest if they have probable cause
to believe that an offense has occurred (CRS 18-6-803.6). Even if the alleged victim says nothing happened or that they were just
mad when they made the report, Denver prosecutors can still bring charges
against you. Once the law is involved, it is difficult to stop the process.
That is why it is vital to hire an experienced domestic violence attorney
in Denver who has successfully argued against bogus allegations.
When You Need a Domestic Violence Lawyer
After the police get involved in a domestic violence matter, even the alleged
victim’s apology or confession of false accusations can do little
to stop the prosecutor from pursuing a case against you. This is done
to protect victims who may be too afraid to stand up against their abuser.
It also 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 life-changing decisions and
admitting guilt just to get back to their normal lives.
That is why you need an experienced Denver domestic violence lawyer like
Kevin Cahill by your side. His track record of success in defending the
accused speaks to his understanding of local statutes and law enforcement
tactics and ensuring that his clients’ rights are protected.
What Constitutes Domestic Violence in Colorado?
When most people think about domestic violence, the first image that comes
to mind is of a husband or boyfriend harming his wife or girlfriend. While
this is one kind of domestic violence, it does not begin to cover how
the term is defined in Colorado.
Below are a couple of things to know about domestic violence:
It is not just about married couples: Domestic violence encompasses violent acts against someone you have (or
have had) an intimate relationship with.
CRS 18-6-800.3 defines intimate relationships as those involving spouses, former spouses,
past or present dating partners, or parents who have a child together
(regardless of marital status).
No physical violence is necessary: This is the part of the law that usually shocks people the most. It is
obvious that kicking, slapping, or hitting someone you have an intimate
relationship with may be considered domestic violence. But under Colorado
law, even the threat of a violent act is enough to trigger charges. 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 Colorado’s broad definition of domestic violence, Denver-area
residents could get slapped with an additional charge of domestic violence
for any of the following:
Before you can start fighting back against your charge, you must first
understand why you were charged. Kevin Cahill knows this and how frightening
and confusing this time can be. He sits down with every client as soon
as possible to go over the details and potential outcomes. This approach
helps put clients at ease by providing them with a clearer picture of
their situation. It also allows him to build an aggressive defense.
Penalties for Domestic Violence in Colorado
Domestic violence is not a separate offense from other crimes enumerated
in the Colorado Revised Statutes. Rather, it is charged when a person
violates a criminal law and the violation is committed against someone
with whom they have an intimate relationship. Thus, a person charged with
domestic violence faces the penalties imposed for the underlying crime.
However, because the act involved people with an intimate relationship,
the following sentence enhancements may apply:
- Treatment evaluation
- Treatment program
- Prohibition from possessing or purchasing firearms or ammunition
- Class 5 felony charge for a third or subsequent misdemeanor domestic violence offense
What to Do After Being Charged with Domestic Violence
Anyone accused of domestic violence needs to know certain things to prevent
them from hurting their case:
Do not talk to the victim. Many people 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 you must realize:
- The victim cannot stop the criminal process. This has already been mentioned,
but it bears repeating. Even if you patch things up with the victim and
they say nothing happened, your charges will not go away.
- Making contact with the alleged victim is illegal once a 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.
Do not 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 does not matter if it
is a firearm that was legally purchased and registered. 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. It can be frustrating to feel like you cannot do anything about your charges,
but once you are arrested, the most effective way to help yourself is
to get a Denver domestic violence attorney and let them do the job you
hired them for. One way to seek to have 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.
Contact Kevin Cahill Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
Domestic violence is a serious charge in Colorado. Far too many people
are made victims by those who are supposed to be providing them with love
and support. Sadly, 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 wrongfully accused or who have made a one-time error
they deeply regret. Choose Kevin Cahill and you will have a domestic violence
lawyer in Denver dedicated to providing a tenacious defense designed to
fight your charge.
Don’t hesitate. Start defending your rights by calling the Law Office
of Kevin Cahill at
(720) 548-2990 or
submitting an online contact form. Your initial consultation is free.