GUIDING YOU THROUGH THE COMPLEX CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
When a crime is charged and classified as Domestic Violence, it carries a variety of additional requirements on the accused. These requirements make it extremely important that you talk with a criminal defense attorney immediately.
“Domestic violence” is defined in Colorado law as 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.
“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.
As the above definitions demonstrate, you do not have to be married or even engaged to the alleged victim in order for police to classify an incident as domestic violence. Virtually any crime can be considered domestic violence if it is alleged that the behavior was done for coercion, control, intimidation, revenge, or punishment against someone you have been intimate with.
If your summons or charging document contains the tag “DV” or the term “Domestic Violence” after the charges, criminal defense lawyer Amy Okubo can provide a strong defense and compassionate guidance throughout the process.