Family law cases are emotional and cause tension between families and romantic partners. When misunderstandings escalate or threats of violence enter your relationship, you need an attorney who specializes in criminal defense.
At Troxell Law, our domestic violence attorneys know the impact a domestic violence case can have on your personal and professional life. That is why our attorneys provide legal advocacy that is:
Strong and aggressive when pursuing your domestic violence case;
Experienced in both courtroom litigation and negotiations; and
Skilled and knowledgeable in family and criminal laws.
Contact Troxell Law to schedule a professional consultation with a Garfield County domestic violence attorney.
How a Domestic Violence Attorney Can Help You
Do not allow your domestic violence matter to overwhelm you. Get the help you need from an experienced attorney today. At Troxell Law, our domestic violence attorneys will support you throughout your domestic violence case from start to finish.
Not only will Troxell Law be with you at every court appearance, but our attorneys will also:
Listen to you and provide practical advice;
Answer your questions and ensure you understand the laws affecting your case;
Connect you with any domestic violence resources you may require;
Promptly inform you of case updates and return your calls; and
Prepare a persuasive, trial-ready case on your behalf.
Arm yourself with the legal facts you need by speaking with a Garfield County domestic violence lawyer at Troxell Law today.
What is Domestic Violence in Colorado?
Domestic violence in Colorado is more than physical violence against a spouse. Legally, domestic violence is defined 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 includes any crime against:
A person or property, including an animal; or
Any municipal ordinance violation against a person or 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.
Per Colorado law, an intimate relationship includes any of the following:
Past or present unmarried couples;
Couples sharing a child; and
Family members such as siblings or parents.
Roommates, friends, and coworkers are not in an intimate relationship.
Colorado is a Mandatory Domestic Violence Arrest State
Colorado is a mandatory domestic violence arrest state. If the police suspect domestic violence, they must arrest the alleged perpetrator. A restraining order is automatically issued. Even if the alleged victim wishes to drop the charges.
A domestic violence restraining order prevents contact with the alleged victim and orders the alleged offender to do the following:
Vacate or avoid the residence of the alleged victim;
Avoid the victim’s place of work, family’s homes, or any other place where they are likely to be found;
Refrain from the possession or control of firearms;
Avoid the use of any alcohol or controlled substances; and
Any other conditions the court deems appropriate.
The alleged offender’s name is entered into the electronic protective order registry alerting local law enforcement of any restraining order conditions.
Protective Order Violations
Violating a protective order is a crime with jail time of up to eighteen months and a fine of up to $5,000. Habitual domestic violence offenders face up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
Contact an Experienced Garfield County Domestic Violence Attorney
As evidenced above, domestic violence is a severe matter in Colorado. It has far-reaching effects in both criminal law and family law matters. If you are on either side of a domestic violence issue, contact an experienced attorney at Troxell Law right away.
Troxell Law’s domestic violence lawyers can advise you on the best way to proceed with your domestic violence case and offer specific guidance on how a domestic violence charge could affect your child custody and visitation, living arrangements, and more.