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If convicted for domestic violence, you face jail, fines, and a permanent criminal record. If you are divorced, a conviction for domestic violence could impact visitation or child custody arrangements. Additionally, with a felony conviction on your record, you could find it difficult to get certain kinds of jobs, rent an apartment, or obtain a license in certain professions.
For these and other reasons, it is imperative to fight domestic violence charges, even if you believe you the evidence against you is incriminating. At Gerash Steiner & Blanton, P.C., our Denver domestic violence lawyers work with our own investigators, psychologists, and forensic experts in defending people charged with domestic violence.
Do not be tempted to make snap decisions, such as trying to cut a deal or pleading “guilty” before putting up a fight. This could be one of the most important decisions that you make in your life, and you must consider all of your options by consulting a skilled and experienced Denver criminal defense lawyer. To schedule a confidential consultation regarding your case, contact the Denver domestic violence attorneys at Gerash Steiner & Blanton, P.C. today.
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Consequences of a Domestic Violence Charge
If you’ve been arrested on a charge of domestic violence, you may be incredibly concerned about the potential ramifications of such an allegation. After being charged or arrested for domestic violence, it’s likely that a restraining order, or order of protection, will be issued against you.
Once this happens, you will be required to do the following:
- Relinquish ownership of any firearms
- Move out of any shared living space with the alleged victim
- Avoid all contact (phone and email) with the alleged victim
- Avoid contact with his or her immediate family members
- Refrain from travel to other countries
Challenging Charges of Domestic Violence
It’s not uncommon for an angry ex-spouse or significant other to call the police in order to have a spouse, girlfriend, or boyfriend removed from an apartment or house. Typically, an argument starts and one party calls the police and claims that the other is threatening violence or has already inflicted violence.
When the police arrive, they will be interested in diffusing the situation, not in investigating the truth of what happened. Typically, the police will arrest and remove the alleged threat. Even if physical violence occurred, whether or not you acted in self-defense makes no difference to officers who are called to the scene.
At Gerash Steiner & Blanton, P.C. our Denver domestic violence attorneys understand how people can find themselves arrested even though they are not guilty of domestic violence. That’s why we gather eyewitness testimony, request emergency room or medical reports, and carefully read all relevant police reports. We tell our client’s side of the story to ensure the court hears the whole truth in order to determine if a restraining order should be rescinded and the charges against our client dismissed.
Is Domestic Violence a Felony?
In the state of Colorado, domestic violence is defined as a threat or act of violence against someone that the defendant has or formerly had an intimate relationship with. The domestic violence charge depends on the underlying offense, such as assault.
Depending on the nature of the underlying offense and the criminal history of the defendant, a domestic violence charge can be a misdemeanor or a felony. If the defendant is determined to be a habitual domestic violence offender, the new domestic violence offense can be charged as a Class 5 felony which can result in a four-year prison sentence.
Call Gerash Steiner & Blanton, P.C. For Qualified Counsel
If you are found guilty or prefer to plead guilty, we can work with the court to ask them to consider a reduction in your sentence in exchange for getting counseling, ankle-monitoring, or increased community service hours. Our attorneys can discuss the options available to you and fight for what is in your best interest. Let our Denver domestic violence lawyers assist you today.
To schedule a confidential consultation, contact the Denver domestic violence attorneys at Gerash Steiner & Blanton, P.C. today.