Most of the crimes in Colorado’s criminal code, under the appropriate circumstances, qualify as domestic violence. For this reason, domestic violence is often referred to as an “enhancer” or “aggravator. ” Domestic violence means:
an act or threatened act of violence upon a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship. It also includes any other crime against a person, or against property, including an animal, or any municipal ordinance violation against a person, or against property, including an animal, when used as a method of coercion, control, punishment, intimidation, or revenge directed against a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship.
“Intimate relationship” means a relationship between spouses, former spouses, past or present unmarried couples, or persons who are both the parents of the same child regardless of whether the persons have been married or have lived together at any time.
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Colorado’s criminal penalties for domestic violence are among the harshest in the country. During an investigation, if there is probable cause to believe that domestic violence has occurred, the police must make an arrest. Further, district attorneys cannot dismiss or plead down cases of domestic violence unless they are able to demonstrate to a judge that a conviction is unlikely.
A domestic violence conviction is a serious matter, and is likely to have life-altering consequences. If you are charged with domestic violence, contact our team of experienced attorneys to help you navigate your case.