Colorado Law Makers (General Assembly) has determined that domestic violence is a very serious threat to our society. As such, the laws surrounding criminal allegations involving domestic violence have provided virtually zero discretion for law enforcement. Basically, if a law enforcement agency receives a report of crime that is domestic violence related, a police officer, deputy sheriff or a law enforcement officer will be dispatched to the location of the call. If there is any claim of domestic violence, an arrest will be made by the cop. Although the intent of the Colorado General Assembly is honorable and respectful in that it seeks to protect victims of domestic violence, often a person is charged with a criminal offense when they are innocent.
When a person is arrested or charged with a domestic violence criminal offense, the suspect will not be allowed to post bond until they have appeared before a judge. Also, in some Colorado jurisdictions, the deputy district attorney / prosecutor will attempt to have the accused enter into a plea agreement immediately, often threatening to add in more charges or threaten to seek jail time if the accused does not accept the plea agreement offered. The unfortunate result is that a suspect may feel pressured or forced to enter a plea before they have a right to seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
In many cases involving criminal allegations of domestic violence, the defendant may have a valid defense. An experienced criminal defense attorney will know the various defenses for the criminal charges and may be able to have the case completely dismissed or many of the charges dismissed. The attorneys at Black, & Graham, LLC Attorneys at Law, are experienced at representing defendants charged with domestic violence criminal charges. You may contact the law firm and speak with one of the attorneys today at 719-328-1616.
Furthermore, a mandatory restraining order will be issued against the defendant / accused which generally prevent the defendant / accused of having any contact with the alleged victim of domestic violence for at least 7 days. This mandatory restraining order will prevent the defendant from returning to the family home if that is where the alleged victim resides. This often displaces the person and prevents them from access to their belongings. This can have a drastic affect on employment and family / child relations.