Denver Domestic Violence Attorney
Consequences of a Domestic Violence Arrest
Contrary to popular belief, domestic violence is not a specific crime. If you have been arrested after the police responded to your home on a domestic violence complaint, you will not subsequently face charges of domestic violence. Instead, domestic violence is a type of crime. When the perpetrator and victim of certain types of crimes share a relationship such as through marriage or a romantic relationship, the law enforcement officers will normally charge the crime as an act of domestic violence.
A number of different offenses often end up being charged in domestic violence situations, including:
Law enforcement agencies and the courts in Colorado take a special approach to the handling of domestic violence cases. To begin with, a man or woman who is suspected of domestic violence will nearly always be arrested, rather than being issued a citation or complaint. He or she will then spend the night and jail, and will not be released on bond until being brought before a judge.
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders in Denver
The judge will then issue a temporary restraining order in favor of the alleged victim.
This order has extensive powers, including:
- Ordering the defendant to refrain from any further acts of violence or abuse against the victim
- Prohibiting the defendant from engaging in any type of contact with the victim, including indirect contact
- Order the defendant to vacate the shared home, even if his or her name is on the deed or lease
- Require the defendant to continue paying the rent or mortgage, along with other expenses
- Grant temporary child custody to the victim
In addition to this, you will be legally prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm as long as the protective order is in effect. In the event that you are convicted, you will then have your gun ownership rights stripped under federal law. You may additionally be ordered to attend and complete an anger management course or other treatment program.
Let a Criminal Defense Lawyer Fight for You
The people who come to M. Trent Trani & Associates, P.C. for help with domestic violence charges are frequently facing multiple criminal allegations. For example, they may be charged with assault for hitting the other person, with unlawful imprisonment for blocking the other person's exit from a room, and child abuse for committing these acts in the presence of a minor. Fortunately, we are fully prepared to take on even the most challenging cases.