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City courts, such as Denver Municipal court, and state courts, such as Denver County Court, have different definitions for certain words and crimes, including Domestic Violence. Domestic Violence, found under Section 14-68 of the Municipal Code of the City and County of Denver, means “the infliction or threat of infliction, implied by word or action, of any bodily injury or harmful physical contact upon a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship” or “the destruction or threat of destruction, implied by word or action, of property of a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship.” The Domestic Violence label attaches to crimes like Sexual Assault, Unlawful Sexual Contact, Indecent Exposure or Posting a Private Image for Harassment. People are not charged with just Domestic Violence by itself. Never wait if facing allegations of a crime and Domestic Violence in Colorado. Involve an experienced criminal defense attorney as early on in the process as possible.
Denver General Sessions Court and Domestic Violence Intimate Relationship Definition
To be convicted of Domestic Violence in Denver, the city attorney also must prove an intimate relationship exists or has existed between the defendant and the alleged victim. The definition of an intimate relationship is important for Denver Domestic Violence cases, just like it is for Domestic Violence cases in Arapahoe County, Jefferson County, and Douglas County. An intimate relationship means:
“A relationship between spouses, former spouses, past or present unmarried couples, or persons who are both the parents of a child regardless of whether the persons have been married or have lived together at any time.”
Even someone you held hands with, kissed, or dated years ago, can qualify as someone you were in an intimate relationship with if you commit a crime of Domestic Violence against them. The Denver City Attorney must prove that you threatened or caused bodily injury against someone you are or have been in an intimate relationship with to obtain a conviction of Domestic Violence. Or, they must prove you threatened to destroy or did destroy property of someone you are or have been in an intimate relationship with. The intimate relationship definition is key for Domestic Violence cases which include crimes like Posting an Image for Harassment (also called Revenge Porn).
Municipal Court Domestic Violence Lawyer in Denver, Brighton and Adams County: You Need a Domestic Violence Attorney to Defend You
Depending on which Sexual Assault or Unlawful Sexual Contact crime Domestic Violence attaches to in Denver, Brighton or Adams County, you can face various consequences if convicted. If you have been placed on probation for a Domestic Violence crime, the court may also require you to complete a treatment evaluation and treatment program approved by the Colorado Domestic Violence Offender Management Board or similar board. Make sure you consult an experienced Domestic Violence criminal lawyer from the O'Malley Law Office to defend you in Denver Municipal Court if facing municipal court Domestic Violence charges. Your future is worth protecting and you need expert legal counsel.