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Domestic Violence Laws in Colorado

05/16/13 8:44 AM

 About Domestic Violence Laws in Colorado

In Colorado domestic violence laws are very broad and can encompass a wide range of behavior.   A finding that your conduct was a result of domestic violence could have severe consequences in your life, relationship, career, and family.  This post is to give you information on some very common domestic violence laws that are charged in Colorado.  If you or a loved one is charged with domestic violence- contact us directly by clicking here or call (303) 747-4686.

What are the domestic violence laws in Colorado?

Colorado Revised Statute 18-6-800.3 defines domestic violence as: “an act or threatened act of violence upon a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship. “  You can be charged even if you did not touch the other person – threats of violence or harm is included under domestic violence laws.

In addition, C.R.S. 18-6-800.3 domestic violence laws also include the following acts: any crime  (including municipal code violations) against a person, or against property, when done as a method of coercion, control, punishment, intimidation or revenge if it is done to a person with whom the actor has or is involved in an intimate relationship.

Some common examples could be- throwing a cell phone or other property of the other person, withholding car keys, or breaking car windows.  Many domestic violence charges are the result of a loud argument where the cops are called, either by one of the parties or third-party, such as a neighbor.  Even a first offense of a violation of domestic violence laws could have serious consequences.  Cops were called, tempers were high – but it’s the next day; what can you do?  visit our post Can I have a domestic violence charge dropped?

Definition of intimate relationship

According to Domestic Violence Laws – an intimate relationship is:  spouse, former spouse, past or present unmarried couple, or parents of the same child.  Domestic violence laws allow you to be charged even if you are no longer with the other person or if the relationship has ended.

In order to be charged with domestic violence – the relationship must be more than that of a roommate, friend, or acquaintance.  There must be a romantic attachment or custodial parents.  When determining if there is an intimate relationship – the courts can look at 1) the length of the relationship 2) nature or type of relationship 3) how often the parties interact.

Thank you for visiting our post on domestic violence laws – should you like to discuss the specific factual circumstance of your arrest – call us today at (303) 747-4686.

 

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