Domestic Violence Attorneys in Edwards
Protecting Our Clients’ Rights & Reputation
A domestic violence charge can have serious consequences, even if you aren’t convicted. Mandatory arrest laws, mandatory no-contact orders, and the stigma of being arrested impact your family relationships and possibly your employment. The Edwards domestic violence lawyers at Heckman & O’Connor.
Colorado Domestic Violence Laws
Domestic violence includes an act or threat of violence or another crime committed by one partner in an intimate relationship to the other. This includes spouses, former spouses, unmarried couples, or couples who share a child in common, whether or not they have ever lived together. Physical contact is not required for a domestic violence charge. Threatening someone, breaking property, repeatedly calling or texting can result in a charge.
A conviction for a domestic violence charge may result in:
- A prison sentence
- Being prohibited from owning a firearm
- Domestic violence treatment program
There are certain situations that may cause a charge to be elevated from a misdemeanor to a felony. If a person is convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor, but has three previous convictions for acts of domestic violence, the charge may be elevated to a felony. In this situation, the individual may be sentenced to a year or more in prison.
What to Do if You are Arrested
The most important thing you can do is get in touch with an Edwards domestic violence lawyer before answering any questions. You may think you are helping, but find you have made your situation worse. If you are arrested for domestic violence, a mandatory restraining order will be in place. Do not have any contact with the alleged victim while the order is in place, or you could be facing additional charges.
Are you facing domestic violence charges? Call 970-926-5991 for a consultation with a criminal defense lawyer in Edwards.