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Defending Your Rights: Domestic Violence Attorneys Denver

At MBS Law (Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone, P.C.), our Denver domestic violence attorneys are committed to protecting your rights and guiding you through the intricacies of domestic violence charges in Colorado. Whether you’re dealing with allegations in Denver or anywhere else in the state, we’re here to offer compassionate support and expert advice that fits your situation. Book a free consultation with our experienced domestic violence lawyers today. You can count on us to fight fiercely for your rights and offer top-notch legal representation. Reach out now to start addressing your legal worries.

Types of Domestic Violence Charges in Colorado

According to CRS 18-6-800.3(2), domestic violence involves abuse or violence against an “intimate partner,” defined as: “a relationship between spouses, former spouses, past or present unmarried couples, or persons who are both the parents of the same child regardless of whether the persons have been married or have lived together at any time.”

Domestic violence is a sentencing enhancer that can be attached to all sorts of other crimes. For example, vandalizing the property of someone you have an intimate relationship with may be considered a form of domestic violence. Domestic violence can also be attached to an assault and battery charge, which is perhaps the domestic violence scenario that people are most familiar with. Learn more about the types of domestic charges in Colorado below.

  • Assault: Domestic violence assault charges involve inflicting knowing or reckless bodily injury to a current or former intimate partner, or threatening them with imminent bodily injury.
  • Child Abuse: Any act of violence or mistreatment against a child by a current or former intimate partner, including physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.
  • Criminal Mischief: Intentionally damaging or destroying the property of a current or former intimate partner.
  • False Imprisonment: Involves intentionally restricting the freedom of movement of a current or former intimate partner without their consent.
  • Habitual Domestic Violence: Repeated acts of domestic violence committed by the same person against a current or former intimate partner. This charge may result in enhanced penalties.
  • Harassment: Knowingly striking, threatening, or following a current or former intimate partner in a way that causes them distress or alarm.
  • Menacing: Placing a current or former intimate partner in fear of imminent serious bodily injury by threat or physical action.
  • Sexual Contact: Refers to any intentional touching of intimate body parts of a current or former intimate partner without their consent.
  • Stalking: Intentionally contacting, threatening, following, or watching a current or former intimate partner in a way that causes them fear or distress.
  • Violation of Protection Order (VPO): Violating the terms and conditions of a court-issued protection order that was issued to protect a current or former intimate partner.
  • Violation of Restraining Order (VRO): Knowingly violating the terms and conditions of a court-issued restraining order that was issued to protect a current or former intimate partner.
Everyone deserves a fair trial, no matter what the circumstances. The MBS Law domestic violence defense attorneys in Denver are here to listen and support you throughout your case.

Potential Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction

Domestic violence is an enhancement, meaning that the punishment depends on the specific charge. Common consequences include the following:

  • Fines and Incarceration: Depending on the severity of the abuse, domestic violence may be punishable by a few months in jail or a few years in prison, as well as hefty fines.
  • Domestic Violence Evaluation & Classes: When someone is convicted of domestic violence, they must undergo an evaluation, which determines the number of DV-specific counseling classes they must take. In Colorado, for a first-time offender with domestic violence charges, the minimum requirement for counseling classes is typically thirty-six hours.
  • Revocation of Firearm Rights: Under federal law, individuals convicted of domestic violence cannot legally own firearms. If you have a skilled lawyer by your side, you may be able to get the domestic violence enhancer removed from your charge.
If you are facing a first time domestic violence charge in Colorado, consider hiring Denver’s best domestic violence lawyers. We can help get your sentence reduced. Contact MBS’ affordable domestic violence lawyers today to learn more.

Domestic Violence: Mandatory Arrest in Colorado

In the state of Colorado, domestic violence is an offense that merits mandatory arrest. This means that if an officer has reason to believe that an individual has committed an act of domestic violence, the officer is obligated to arrest the suspect. Also, contrary to popular belief, a victim of domestic violence cannot merely “drop the charges” against an abuser. The district attorney may decide to go forward with the case even if the victim doesn’t want to.

This is where an expert domestic assault lawyer comes into play. Don’t leave your future in the hands of your accuser or the district lawyer; let Mastro, Barnes & Stazzone, P.C. take care of your case.

What Does a Protection Order in Colorado Entail?

Protection orders are legal orders issued by a court to protect individuals who are victims of domestic violence, harassment, stalking, or other forms of abuse. A domestic violence charge in Colorado triggers an automatic mandatory protection order. If you have an active protection order against you, you are prohibited from having contact or communication with the alleged victim.

There are three different types of protection orders in Colorado:

  • Temporary Protection Orders (TPOs): TPOs are usually issued on an emergency basis and are temporary in nature, typically lasting for a short period of time until a court hearing can be held.
  • Mandatory Protection Orders (MPOs): MPOs are automatically issued at the initial appearance in a criminal case and contain certain conditions/restrictions, including prohibiting contact with the alleged victim. MPOs last as long as the criminal case remains open/active.
  • Permanent Protection Orders (PPOs): PPOs are issued after a court hearing and are permanent. While there is a provision allowing for a person to petition the court for dismissal, this is only permitted after 2 years have passed.
Violation of a protection order in Colorado is a serious offense and can result in criminal charges, including contempt of court, misdemeanor charges, or felony charges, depending on the nature of the violation. First-time violations can warrant the following penalties:
  • Up to 364 days in jail
  • Up to $1000 in fines
It is crucial to comply with the terms and conditions of a protection order to avoid legal consequences. If you have questions about these terms or looking for legal aid, feel free to contact the domestic abuse lawyers at MBS Law today for clarification.

Protection Orders vs. Restraining Orders: What’s the Difference?

Protection orders and restraining orders exist for the same primary purpose: to keep an alleged offender away from an alleged victim. However, while the two terms are often used interchangeably, there are some distinct differences in their scope and application.
  • Protection orders are automatically imposed against an offender in criminal cases involving domestic violence, harassment, stalking, or other forms of abuse. These orders are issued by a criminal court to provide immediate protection to a victim and may prohibit contact and communication, along with other protective measures.
  • Restraining orders are typically issued in the context of a civil case, such as a divorce or child custody dispute. These orders are intended to restrict certain behaviors or actions from one party against another and may also include provisions surrounding contact, communication, and behavior.
Both restraining orders and protection orders are legally binding and enforceable by law. Violating the terms of either can have serious legal repercussions, including criminal charges and penalties. If you are unsure about the specifics of a protection/restraining order against you, reach out to a domestic assault attorney for an explanation.

Free Consultation with Best Domestic Violence Lawyers

Our team of domestic violence defense lawyers in Denver is dedicated to safeguarding your rights and navigating the complexities of domestic violence charges in Colorado. With expertise in domestic violence defense, including domestic assault defense, we offer compassionate support and expert guidance throughout the legal process. From developing a strong defense strategy to advocating fiercely for your rights, our attorneys are committed to providing you with the skilled representation you deserve.

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