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Civil Protection Orders and Criminal Protection Orders in Colorado

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | May 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

In most criminal cases in Denver, Cheyenne County and across Colorado, a mandatory protection order will be issued. The general goal of a restraining order in Colorado is to protect the victim of a criminal case from any contact by the defendant of the case, unless given authorization by a Colorado court. If a person violates any part of the restraining order issued against them, he or she can be charged with a separate crime – Violation of a Protection Order, C.R.S. 18-6-803.5, a class 2 misdemeanor across Colorado.

Mandatory Protection Orders in Douglas County, Colorado

According to C.R.S. 18-1-1001, criminal restraining orders are given in most criminal cases in Douglas County, Adams County and every other county in Colorado. Whether you've been accused of Assault, Criminal Mischief, Unlawful Sexual Contact or any other offense in Colorado, you will be issued a criminal restraining order (mandatory protection order). Criminal restraining orders are not permanent, and will be removed after the completion of a case and after any probation, prison or jail sentence has been served. There can be many restrictions on the defendant when a criminal restraining order is issued, such as no alcohol consumption, no communication with the alleged victim of the case, or possessing a firearm, among other restrictions. Because of the many restrictions involved with a criminal protection order in Colorado, you should always consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer to fight against any criminal charges against you.

Arapahoe County, Colorado Civil Protection Orders

Temporary civil protection orders, C.R.S. 13-14-104.5, are issued in Arapahoe, Adams County and every other county in Colorado for any of the following purposes:

  1. To prevent assaults and threatened bodily harm;
  2. To prevent domestic abuse;
  3. To prevent emotional abuse of the elderly or of an at-risk adult;
  4. To prevent sexual assault or abuse; and
  5. To prevent stalking.

A temporary civil restraining order may be issued if a judge finds that imminent danger exists to those seeking a civil restraining order. A civil protection order can also be made permanent, C.R.S. 13-14-105. A civil protection order is temporary until a hearing takes place, at which point both parties' sides of the story will be heard. If after the hearing a judge decides to issue a civil restraining order, it will be made permanent. That's why it's imperative you involve an aggressive criminal defense attorney to fight for you in court. In some cases, you may be able to modify or dismiss a civil protection order against you. Talk to one of our attorneys to learn more.

Jefferson County Attorney for Civil or Criminal Restraining Orders: Call Today

If you are facing criminal charges and need more information about a criminal or civil protection order in Golden, Jefferson County and across Colorado, contact the criminal defense lawyers at the O'Malley Law Office immediately. Our attorneys know the many restrictions of a restraining order and will fight hard to protect your future and your rights.

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If you are looking for an attorney to discuss your case in more complete detail, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the top criminal defense lawyers at the O'Malley Law Office today at 303-830-0880 for a free consultation. 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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