Are You Facing A Colorado Domestic Violence Charge?
An arrest for one of the many crimes that fall under the “Domestic Violence” statues in Colorado differs greatly from similar charges in other states. Colorado revised domestic abuse statutes require:
- Mandatory Arrest – Colorado Springs police are required to make an arrest of the accused if supporting probable cause evidence is present at the scene.
- The accused will not be allowed to post bail until the alleged victim is informed of the arrest and given the opportunity to speak before the presiding magistrate at the arraignment for the accused.
- Colorado is a “No-Drop” state – meaning that the alleged victim cannot refuse to press charges against the alleged perpetrator. Only the prosecuting attorney can elect to drop or dismiss the abuse charges after an arrest occurs.
- Colorado criminal defense statues classify a broad array of criminal actions that fall under domestic violence. Criminal acts such as assault, punishment, false imprisonment, intimidation, personal property damage and revenge will be charged as domestic abuse if the two people involved are in (or were previously in) an intimate relationship.
Domestic Violence Charges Can Ruin Your Life
Protect your future by consulting with Colorado Springs Domestic Violence Attorney Michael W. Moran for an effective defense against these specialized charges. Avoiding a conviction for domestic violence requires immediate action by a skilled lawyer on your behalf. What is considered domestic abuse in Colorado is much different than in other states.
What To Know About Colorado Domestic Violence
Domestic violence statutes in Colorado are among the strictest in the U.S, and are backed with a zero tolerance “you will be arrested” enforcement policy by law enforcement. In fact, chargeable offenses that fall under domestic abuse in Colorado are so broad that rarely a day will pass without hearing about domestic violence in social media or local network news.
It’s very important to understand (and be aware) that many Colorado domestic abuse related charges result from behavior that is completely legal in many other states. For example, our state has a high percentage of military personnel stationed here from parts of the country where a loud argument between significant partners is perfectly legal. That same loud argument in Colorado could easily get you arrested. Often referred to as domestic abuse or family violence; this criminal charge applies to men and women equally.
Our law firm primarily represents those who have been accused of a domestic violence crime. But we also represent those who have been victimized by the actions of an abusive partner. Innocent people have been accused, charged and imprisoned for an act they did not commit simply because they had little or no legal knowledge with regards to how to deal with such issues. It is thus important to speak to an experienced domestic violence attorney whether you are a victim or have been charged with a domestic violence crime.
Physical vs. Emotional Abuse
Because you were not bruised or battered is not a sign that you have never been abused before. And arguably, emotional abuse or violence tend to inflict more injury than physical abuse because in most cases emotional abuse is unseen and the individuals deal with it silently, the signs are not visible. People don’t see it and fight on your behalf. It is a silent killer as abusers tend to swim you away from your feelings of self-worth and independence.
Emotional abuse is also referred to as mental abuse or physiological abuse: This is a depression, trauma, anxiety suffered by a person as a result of other persons. This could lead to victims having major mental issues. The dangerous part of it all is that emotional abuse leaves non-visible long-lasting scars on the victims.
Emotional abuse also includes verbal abuse that is name-calling, yelling at people, blaming, isolation, shaming and intimidation, controlling or suppressing other people. Most often if you do not do what these abusers want, they try to throw threats, physical violence and other repercussions. Bullying is also a type of emotional abuse. This type of abuse happens at work or even in the house. It is also important to notice that dealing with people who have mental problems, alcohol addiction is more likely to escalate the violence.
The action will be considered physical abuse if one party is slapped, kicked, bitten and other actions which may inflict physical pain to the other party. When a force is used against you in a way that endangers your life or injures you, it is an abuse. Battering thus physical assault is a crime irrespective of where it is coming from whether inside or outside the family. The security, more specifically the police have the authority and the powers to protect everyone from physical attack.
Surprisingly, many people suffer severe abuses in their homes without their knowledge. Many marriages and homes were torn apart verbal sniping, or undermining each other’s parental standing. It is very common to see couples subtly work against each other. People who have no idea of their rights in a relationship are more likely to suffer than those who are. Unfortunately, the violence and physical abuse among intimate partners that results from this type of abuse on the rise in Colorado.
Forced sex, even by a spouse or regular sexual partner is an crime. In a situation where one is forced to participate in degrading sexual activity against their will, Colorado domestic violence law is clear and the punishment is severe.
Domestic Violence Does Not Discriminate
Domestic violence and abuse is can happen to any person regardless of your age, sex, ethnic backgrounds or your economic status. Notably, women are more often victimized than men, but the point is that abusive behavior is not acceptable regardless of where it’s coming from whether male or female, young or old, adult or teenage. Our personal rights and protections are to be respected and must not be infringed upon by others. The most dangerous part of it all is that often when you are in an abusive relationship, you simply can’t see it.
Read the entire Colorado Domestic Violence Statute here: CRS 18-6-800.3.
Domestic Violence Abusers
Research has shown that some factors such as mental disorder, personality traits, social profiles, social learning, socialization experiences, societal influence, and peer influence amongst others contribute to the violent behavior of people. However, these are not justifiable grounds for excusal of abusive behavior. Many people believe that domestic violence and abusive actions do not happen because the abusers lost self-control over their behavior. In most cases, abusers act deliberately to gain control or to take dominance of the victims.
Domestic Violence Pattern Of Abuse
- Abuser tent to take dominion and control over their partners so that they feel they are in charge of the relationship, and they want to make all of the key decisions for the family.
- Abusers humiliate their victims to lower your self-esteem and make you feel less and defective. They believe that if you feel less worthy, then no one else would want you and for that matter, whether you are bullied or maltreated, you would stay with them. These types of abusers may rain insults on you, call you names, shaming, and designing all weapons to take away your self-worth.
- Abusers may tend to put you off and leave you in isolation. Abusive partners will put you off from the outside world to increase your dependence on them, they may keep you from getting close or seeing family members, friends and even go to the extent of preventing you from going to work or school. They may want you to always ask for permission before you do anything or go somewhere else.
- Abusers may use a threat to instill fear into you: Commonly, most abusers use threats to keep their victims from leaving or scare them to stop raising charges of concerning abuse. They abusers mostly threaten to kill or hurt the injured parties, children, wives, family members, etc. They also threatened to commit suicide should you dare to report them, raise charges, or report them to authority.
- Abusers intimidate: Abusers may use tactics to scare you into submission, threatening looks, gestures, destroying things in front of you, hurting themselves etc.
- Abusers would find ways to deny their abusive acts; they would make excuses to support their wrongful act. They would put blames on their childhood life experiences. If you do not take care, you would feel that the violence is your vault.
Are In An Abusive Relationship?
- Do you sometimes you feel afraid of your partner?
- Do you avoid some topics because you are afraid of causing anger to your partner?
- Do you feel emotionally helpless? Get yourself some help as early as possible before things get out of hands.
Break the painful silence of domestic violence and seek help now. If you or someone you know is being abused, don’t hesitate to speak up. Don’t try to convince yourself that the situation is none of your business. Your neighbor, brother, sister, of other loved one may be going through a serious emotional challenge. Speak to them openly and give them all the help they need to get the proper help they need.
Talk to the suspected victim in person and let them know that you care about them. Bring out what you noticed has changed about them. Assure that person that you are just there to help and that whatever is discussed between the two of you would be kept a secret.
Victim of Domestic Violence
If you are a victim of domestic violence do not lose hope. All is not lost there are many legal and supportive resources available to get out of your negative situation and get your life back on track.
At some point, every abusive situation requires that you make a conscious decision to leave. You may feel unsafe, but it is better to leave early than to wait for things to get worse. Know your self worth, and understand how important you are. Do not allow someone to take advantage of your situation.
Get in touch with your family or friends and talk about any issue or abuse you are going through. Sharing your problem to a trusted family member or friend will relieve you from the emotional torture of keeping things to yourself. Seek help from people you trust to get suggestions that would help solve the issues.
Report Domestic Violence To The Police
Report to the Colorado Springs Police immediately if you feel threatened or abused. The police are there to help you and protect you whenever you are in need.
Contact A Domestic Violence Counselor
If you are a domestic violence victim, contact professional counselors like TESSA without delay. Domestic violence may leave long-lasting emotional scars. You need professional help as quickly as possible.
Get Legal Support
If you have been falsely charged with domestic abuse, contact a professional domestic violence attorney immediately. You will need an experienced legal expert to protect your constitutional rights and liberty.
If you are facing domestic abuse charges in Colorado Springs, Attorney Moran will provide the help you need during this stressful time. In more than 20 years of legal practice, Mike Moran has defended many people against domestic abuse charges in Colorado Springs.
Trust an expert to provide the best possible results against these very serious charges. Contact our office to speak with highly experienced domestic violence attorney Mike Moran today.