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.Request a Free Consultation