Domestic Violence: What Is It & What Are Your Rights?
If a situation between those living within the same house or who have an intimate relationship becomes violent or threatening, action needs to be taken. It’s critical to understand your rights, whether you are a victim of domestic violence or are facing domestic violence criminal charges.
Defining Domestic Violence
Colorado Revised Statutes Section 18-6-800.3 defines domestic violence as “an act or threatened act of violence upon a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship.” The code continues on to define intimate relationship, specify that this type of relationship refers to one between spouses, former spouses, unmarried couples (past or present), or persons who are the parents of the same child.
As such, violence does not have to occur within a house, or be between people who are married to be classified as “domestic violence.”
Seeking Protection from Domestic Violence
A person who is a victim of domestic violence needs to take action quickly to protect themselves. Seeking a domestic violence protection order is one of the best ways to gain legal protection from domestic violence. This type of order prohibits the violent or threatening party from restraining the victim, stalking, sexually abusing, or entering or traveling near specific locations (where the victim may be). An experienced Denver domestic violence lawyer can help you to seek a protection through a domestic violence order, including an ex parte order – which is issued in the event that you are in immediate danger – and guide you through your rights as a victim.
Criminal Penalties for Domestic Violence
The victim of domestic violence may choose to press charges against their abuser. Penalties for domestic violence may include incarceration, probation, fines and court fees, required domestic violence counseling, anger management counseling and more.
Get Help in a Domestic Violence Situation
Whether you are a victim of domestic violence or an individual who is facing domestic violence charges, it is within your best interest to contact a skilled Denver domestic violence lawyer who understands the issue and has experience representing clients on both sides of the coin. We are ready to assist you in either our Denver, Castle Rock or Colorado Springs office. Contact us at (303) 688-0944 for a free case consultation.