What makes domestic violence a really bad allegation in Colorado law is that it is a considered a mandatory arrest state. Domestic violence is clearly defined by the 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.” Hence, being arrested for domestic violence has serious repercussion including part of a batterer stigma and other assorted law practices like mandatory arrest laws, no contact law and moreover, such cases are taken under criminal cases tampering with your identity with long and unforeseen consequences.
Who can Charge a domestic violence against you? When you find yourself in such a situation, knowing important and key things are a must. The first thing to note is that who is considered by the law as an intimate person. The law states, “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.”
Steps when you get arrested for domestic violence.
Invoke the right to silence.
The most important you don’t say a word, invoking the right to silence is your best bet. As anything you say can and will help the case to be stronger than help you.
Don’t contact the victim.
Bond out of Jail and Contacting the victim(s) directly or through any third person is a criminal case on its own through the mandatory restraining order that the law provides, hence always imperative you never act on impulse and try contacting. So don’t trying anything since it doesn’t help anyway to drop the case even if the victim wants to.
The charges cannot be dropped.
Making up with the victim cannot get you out of the domestic violence case as even if the prosecutor cannot drop the case unless it’s impossible to prove the case otherwise. Hence, even if the victim decides to drop the case, DA is simply not authorized to do it. Even if the victim tries to contact you never pick up nor respond.
Hire an Attorney
The next crucial step is to hire an attorney of a Colorado Law firm is your chance to redemption as we discussed above domestic violence is a serious allegation against your reputation and many unforeseen complications.