Over the past few decades there has been a rising awareness about domestic violence as an issue that is present in households throughout the country. As a result of this issue, many states have enacted specific laws about domestic violence, which can lead to significant consequences for a person who is convicted of such a charge. So, what do our readers need to know about domestic violence law in Colorado?
Well, for starters, it is important to know that there is a specific definition of “domestic violence” in Colorado law. Essentially, domestic violence is an act or threatened act of violence by one person against another person with whom an “intimate relationship” does or has, at some point in time, existed. This could be a spouse or ex-spouse, or even a person with whom the alleged defendant cohabitated with. The act or threat of an act must also be taken to control, intimidate or punish the alleged victim, among other possibilities.
However, other than the specific definition of “domestic violence,” Colorado law actually does not have any other laws which specifically address this issue. A person who assaults another person, regardless of relationship, will still face the potential for significant penalties.
Beyond the potential of being sentenced to serve a jail sentence or pay a fine, a defendant who is convicted could also be ordered to attend domestic violence counseling, as well as having their right to have a firearm restricted. Any Colorado residents who are facing assault or battery charges which involve allegations of domestic violence will likely benefit from getting more information about the potential criminal defense options in their own unique situation.