Domestic Violence Attorney in Denver
When you need a domestic violence attorney, Denver lawyer M. Colin Bresee has over 1000 cases of domestic violence experience, creating a masterful navigation of the complex legal system. Domestic violence has its own unique set of rules. Of all the domestic violence lawyers, Colorado’s legal system is best known – and from all sides – by Mr. Bresee.
Colorado Domestic Violence Lawyer on Your Side
Mr. Bresee has extensive experience in the Colorado legal system practicing in Adams, Arapahoe, Aurora, Brighton, Boulder, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Summit, Weld and beyond. If you or a loved one is facing a domestic violence charge, you need the knowledge of one of Colorado’s top criminal lawyers.
No matter what time of day, our office is ready to take your call. As a leading domestic violence lawyer in Denver and surrounding areas, we’ll help you not only manage the charges up-front and within moments or hours, but we’ll get you scheduled for a free consultation to discuss the details of your case. Don’t waste your time sifting through the numerous people who claim to be attorneys – Colorado clients are well served with Mr. Bresee at their side.
What You Need to Know NOW About Your Domestic Violence Charge in Colorado
Domestic Violence is not a criminal charge; it is simply a sentencing enhancement. You must have an underlying criminal charge and in addition, you are charged with the sentencing enhancement of domestic violence.
It’s True … Even if you’ve already posted your bond, the District Attorney may still attempt to add some or all of the following terms and conditions after you’ve posted your bond.
- All domestic violence calls have a mandatory arrest – if the call is made, you will be brought into custody.
- Even if the reporting party or victim does NOT want to proceed, the Court can arrest you and police can issue a warrant.
- The Court can impose “reasonable terms” associated with your bond, which include:
- No contact with the victim or victim’s family (even if it’s your own).
- You cannot return to your house.
- You cannot see your own children.
- You may be subject to an alcohol sensor (you cannot consume alcohol while you are out on bond).
- You may be randomly tested for drugs and alcohol at your expense.
- Your probation officer can come to your home or place of work at any time, unannounced.
- Your probation officer can come to your home and search it at any time, unannounced.
- You may be ordered to quit your job.
- No possession of a weapon while your case is pending.
- They may put you on a State list just for being charged – make sure you know how to timely protect your rights to avoid this.
- You may be ordered to wear a GPS ankle bracelet until case is concluded.
Statutes Associated With Domestic Violence Charges
As used in this part 8, unless the context otherwise requires:
- (1) “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. “Domestic violence” 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.
- (2) “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.
Domestic Violence is not a charge. Domestic Violence is merely notice of a sentencing enhancement. You must first be charged with a predicate act (ex: assault, harassment, criminal mischief, disturbing the peace etc.). After the predicate act is charge law enforcement will then list notice of a sentencing enhancement of domestic violence under CRS 18-6-801.6. If you are convicted of the predicate act AND the sentencing enhancement of domestic violence then the Court WILL likely impose a more severe sentence and 36 weeks of domestic violence classes.