Domestic Violence often accompanies Sexual Assault and other sexual allegations in Denver and Arapahoe County. A man was accused of hurting his ex-girlfriend and keeping her from calling the hospital when she needed medical help. Apparently, the man grabbed the ex-girlfriend by her arms and pushed her, which caused her to hit her back on a bed post. She alleged she was in so much pain she fell to the ground, that she had bruising, and that she was having trouble walking. The man also disconnected the home's landline phone, did not let the ex-girlfriend leave the home or take her to the hospital. In Denver and across Colorado, in addition to other charges, the man could face charges of Domestic Violence – Third Degree Assault.
Domestic Violence Definition in Arapahoe County, Colorado
Domestic Violence, C.R.S. 18-6-800.3, charges occur in Arapahoe County whenever there's 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” is broad enough to include anything from a relationship with your current or ex-girlfriend or boyfriend, to a situation where you held hands with someone or kissed someone once. Crimes committed against those you are or have ever been in an intimate relationship will lead to added DV charges.
Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Unlawful Sexual Contact in Douglas and Jefferson County: Domestic Violence Attaches to Any Crime
In Douglas and Jefferson County, Colorado, Domestic Violence, C.R.S. 18-6-800.3, can be attached to any crime, whether that crime is Sexual Assault, Unlawful Sexual Contact, or Public Indecency. In the case of the man in the news story, Domestic Violence charges would be added to charges of 3rd Degree Assault. Third Degree Assault, C.R.S. 18-3-204, charges occur whenever someone knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another person or with criminal negligence the person causes bodily injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon. Since the man allegedly pushed the ex-girlfriend down, causing her pain and bruising, he could face charges of Third Degree Assault – Domestic Violence. The Domestic Violence charge is added because the woman victim was an ex-girlfriend of the man who allegedly assaulted her. That means she qualifies as someone he was in an intimate relationship with her.