Domestic Violence FAQs
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Domestic violence is a serious and high profile crime in Colorado. The consequences of a domestic violence charge can be lifelong and life-altering.
If you've been arrested on a domestic violence charge, DO NOT enter any plea without consulting an experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney. The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. has defended clients accused of serious crimes for over 20 years. He's been successful in getting charges and penalties reduced or dropped all together.
Call our offices today at (719) 475-2555 for a free case consultation.
Just getting accused of domestic violence can damage your reputation, your social standing, and your ability to gain employment. If you're facing domestic violence charges in Colorado Springs, here are some questions you might be asking:
- Should I just plead guilty?
- How can a conviction affect my future?
- Can my spouse or partner drop the charges?
- What if I've been falsely accused?
- Is the threat of violence considered domestic violence?
- Can damage to property be considered domestic violence?
- Does an accusation of domestic violence always result in an arrest?
- What are the rights of the accused in Colorado?
This is a common mistake many people make when they are feeling remorseful after the incident. Pleading guilty can seriously affect your future in many negative ways. Never make a plea without consulting an attorney.
Domestic violence is a hot-button issue. Pleading guilty can result in:
- Heavy fines
- Damage to reputation
- Mandatory participation in counseling and treatment programs
- Inability to gain certain types of employment
- Inability to get certain licenses
- Inability to own a firearm
- Loss of access to family members and residences
- Jail time
In the state of Colorado, the accusing party IS NOT allowed to drop domestic violence charges. Only a District Attorney or prosecutor can order domestic violence charges to be dropped. Often, a prosecutor will choose to pursue a case even if it's against the accusing party's wishes.
False accusations are a common thing. Emotions in a relationship can run high and result in desperate attempts at vengeance. Since most domestic violence happens without a witness, it is often just your word against the accuser's.
A threat of violence is considered an act of domestic violence. Intimidation, coercion, control, punishment, or revenge against an intimate partner are all considered domestic violence.
If you intentionally damage an intimate partner's vehicle, home, or any other property, it may be considered domestic violence.
Colorado has a mandatory arrest law when it comes to accusations of domestic violence. If the investigating officer believes there is probable cause, the accused party must be arrested on the spot.
A person accused of domestic violence has the same rights as anyone else: the right to be innocent until proven guilty. For this reason, it's vital that the accused make no statement admitting or implying guilt before consulting an attorney.
As a former prosecutor, Timothy Bussey has inside knowledge of what goes on when building a case against a defendant. This lets The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. to build a better defense strategy on your behalf. Call our Colorado Springs offices at (719) 475-2555 to find out more about your rights and options.