What to Know about Colorado Domestic Violence Laws

Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence (IPV), affects millions of people nationwide. Colorado takes domestic violence very seriously and consequently establishes harsh penalties for offenders. Domestic violence, however, is not considered a crime in and of itself, but a label for any crimes committed in its defined circumstances.

According to Colorado Revised Statute 18-6-800.3, domestic violence refers to “an act or threatened act of violence upon a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship.” An “intimate relationship” refers to any relationship between past or present unmarried couples, spouses, parents of the same child, or former spouses. This is the definition most people are familiar with, but few people know that domestic violence in Colorado is not limited to just physical violence. Any other crime or municipal ordinance violation committed against a person, or property, including pets or animals, for the purpose of punishment, coercion, control, revenge, or intimidation is also considered domestic violence.

Regardless of the severity of the alleged domestic violence, if it has been determined that a crime or crimes have been committed that involve domestic violence, you will be arrested and taken to jail where you will wait, without bail, until you appear before a judge. This hearing will result in the issuance of a restraining order and you will be ordered to stay away from the alleged victim, even if you have to live somewhere else. If you are convicted, you will receive the penalties appropriate to the committed crimes, which may include fines, community service, or even a prison sentence, as well as be ordered to participate in a 36-session domestic violence treatment and education program.

At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., our Colorado Springs domestic violence defense lawyers have a thorough understanding of the Colorado legal system and will work diligently to build a strong defense on your behalf. If you have been arrested for a domestic violence crime in Colorado, we can help you protect your legal rights. Contact us today at 719-475-2555 for a free initial consultation.

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