A wide range of acts can be classified under domestic violence criminal charges, and nearly all of them are very serious accusations. If you’ve had one of these charges leveled against you, you need to be vigilant in your defense. A quality domestic violence attorney will know each and every step you can take to clear your name, and here at Deere Law, we’ve used every strategy in the book, having helped thousands of clients dealing with similar charges in the past.
Colorado Enforces Mandatory Arrest for Domestic Violence Charges
Colorado’s domestic violence laws are stricter than most states’. In many areas of criminal law, police officers must use their best discretion when deciding if an arrest needs to be made. In cases of domestic violence, however, they are required by law in Colorado to make an arrest if they have probable cause of a crime being committed between two or more parties.
Originally, this law was created to protect potential victims from repeat attacks, but in our extensive experience dealing with similar cases, it can often lead to unnecessary or unfounded arrests based on misunderstandings. In addition to this, charges cannot be automatically dropped in these specific situations. Even if the victim does not wish to press charges, it is solely up to the prosecution to determine what course of action is taken.
The Difference between a Felony and Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Charge
Each and every case is different; it is important to know whether you are looking at a felony or misdemeanor charge in your domestic violence case. If there is any reason to believe that you intended to cause serious harm to a victim – such as the presence of a dangerous weapon at the time of the incident or a history of similar charges – you could be facing a felony.
In these cases, even a charge without a conviction can have far-reaching consequences in your life. At Deere Law, we make it a priority to lower the severity of your charges using a solid, evidence-based approach. If you believe you’ve been wrongly accused, we will fight for you every step of the way.
Examples of situations that may be considered felony violations include kidnapping, any abuse of an intimate partner or spouse, restraining order violations, harassment or stalking, and more. What’s worse, juries are notoriously biased against the accused, making your situation even more serious. While things can seem hopeless based on the above, it’s not; we can help you mount a successful defense, regardless of your situation.
How We Can Help You
If you find yourself being charged in a domestic violence case, give us a call immediately. We’ll start by breaking down the raw facts in your case, collecting your testimony, and exploring all of your legal options for moving forward with your defense. We have tried thousands of domestic violence cases over the years, and as a result, we have more experience dealing with them than any other criminal defense attorney in Colorado Springs.