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Avalanche Hockey Player Arrested for Domestic Violence in Denver

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Nov 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

An Avalanche hockey player has been arrested for Domestic Violence in Colorado. Read more in our blog.
A Colorado Avalanche goalie turned himself in to Denver police last week after being charged with assault, kidnapping, and Domestic Violence – C.R.S. 18-6-800.3. According to reports, the violence was against the hockey player's girlfriend. The hockey player's father, attorney and friends from Russia are all declaring his innocence. His father issued a statement saying that the media has blown the entire incident “out of proportion. He also said there were no acts of kidnapping or violence. If convicted, the hockey player could face deportation (he is originally from Russia). He could also lose his contract with the Avalanche hockey organization.

What is Domestic Violence in Denver, Adams or Douglas County?

Domestic Violence (DV) is charged when a person commits a crime (or simply threatens violence) against another person with whom they have had an “intimate relationship.” It is a sentence-enhancer which can only be charged in addition to other crimes such as Sexual Assault – C.R.S. 18-3-402 or Unlawful Sexual Contact – C.R.S. 18-3-404. In the hockey player's case, he is being charged with assault and kidnapping, with the DV label added because the alleged victim is his girlfriend (an “intimate relationship”).

What are the Consequences of a DV Conviction in Denver?

If you are convicted of Domestic Violence in Denver, Littleton or Aurora, you will be required to undergo (and pay for) treatment as overseen by the Colorado Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (DVOMB), you won't be able to possess firearms,. Your job options will also be limited – you will be unable to pass security background checks.

 “Intimate Relationship” Doesn't Require a Sexual Relationship for DV Charges

Domestic Violence is being charged more frequently in Jefferson, Larimer and Arapahoe County. One of the reasons for this increase is the change of the definition of “intimate relationship.” In 2010, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that “evidence of a sexual relationship is not necessary to establish the existence of an intimate relationship.” (People v. Disher, 224 P.3d 254, Colo. 2010). This term is very vague. And, it requires an experienced attorney to find key witnesses and work to get a case dismissed before it even goes to court.

Domestic Violence is a very broad label. And, the consequences can be life-altering. The Denver hockey player may face the loss of his job and deportation. If you have been charged with DV in Highlands Ranch, Arvada or Lakewood, it is vital that you work with an experienced Domestic Violence defense attorney. You need an attorney to defend your future and fight on your behalf in court.

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If you are charged with DV in Denver, Larimer or Weld County, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880, or submit the “Get Help Now” form. Together, we can protect your future.

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About the Author

Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.


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