Domestic violence statistics lead to harsh enforcement of laws

There is no doubt that domestic violence is a serious issue in America, and Colorado is not exempt from this concern. There are prevalent statistics that show that domestic violence can occur in many different family situations, across the entire spectrum of socioeconomical status. However, the spotlight that is on domestic violence, especially in recent years, may be leading to overly harsh application of laws that can lead to arrests and convictions, perhaps undeserved.

For example, statistics show that, on average, each minute that goes by there are approximately 20 people in America who have suffered from physical domestic violence at the hands of an "intimate partner." Of course, it is important to point out that domestic violence can affect both male and female victims.

However, although we would all agree that domestic violence is something that needs to end in our country, the glut of statistics about how frequent domestic violence is can gloss over the fact that, in some cases, allegations of domestic violence are unfounded. There is no denying that many people know that simply picking up the phone, calling 911 and reporting a domestic violence incident will, at the very least, result in a police officer showing up at the home to investigate. From there, the situation can spiral out of control, perhaps resulting in an arrest that never should have happened.

Any Colorado residents who are facing domestic violence charges need to know that they have a right to present a strong criminal defense. A good strategy could result in the charges being dropped or a not guilty verdict at trial.

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