In Denver, Adams County and across Colorado, Colorado lawmakers are considering changing mandatory reporting laws for all Domestic Violence crimes, including Domestic Violence – Sexual Assault, or Domestic Violence – Unlawful Sexual Contact. Under C.R.S. 12-36-135, any licensed physician, physician assistant, or anesthesiologist assistant (licensee) who attends or treats any of certain injuries, including injuries resulting from domestic violence, is required to report the injury immediately to police of the city, town, or city and county or the sheriff of the county in which the licensee is located. Colorado lawmakers are considering amending the Domestic Violence mandatory reporting law to specify under which circumstances a Domestic Violence injury should be reported.
Jefferson County and Douglas County Domestic Violence Lawyer: Changing Domestic Violence Mandatory Reporting Law
House Bill 17-1322 proposes that a licensee in Jefferson and Douglas County, Colorado is not required to report an injury that the licensee has reason to believe involves an act of domestic violence if:
- The victim is over 18 years old and does not want the injury to be reported;
- The injury is not an injury that the reporter is otherwise required to report; and
- The injury is not a serious bodily injury.
If this bill is passed, people who come in with suspected Domestic Violence (DV) injuries would be able to choose whether they want an injury reported. Depending on an alleged victim’s age and type of injury, licensees may not be subject to mandatory reporting.
Domestic Violence Arapahoe County Lawyer: Contact Us if Facing DV Charges
If you or a loved one is facing charges of a Domestic Violence crime, such as DV – Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence – Indecent Exposure or Domestic Violence – Unlawful Sexual Contact in Arapahoe County, involve an experienced sex crimes lawyer from the O’Malley Law Office to defend you. Along with possible imprisonment, sex offender registration and treatment upon a sexual offense conviction, DV works as a sentence enhancer and can add additional consequences upon a conviction.