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Domestic Violence Lawyers in Fort Collins, Colorado

In Colorado, Domestic Violence is not a separate charge; it is considered a "sentencing enhancer." The sentence for the criminal charge is enhanced if the parties were or are in an intimate relationship as defined by law. If you are convicted of Assault, harassment, trespassing, or criminal mischief and the Domestic Violence enhancer applies, the law requires you to be evaluated for Domestic Violence treatment. The length of time you have to participate in Domestic Violence treatment is determined by several things, including any prior convictions. Информация מסיבת רווקים у нас на сайте.

At Joneson & Michael, LLC, we offer more than 23 years of combined experience in the criminal justice system. Our partners, Geri Joneson and Rachel Michael, were prosecutors before focusing on criminal defense. We have a solid understanding of the potential penalties you face if you have been accused of assault, harassment or Domestic Violence. Our job is to help you develop a defense strategy that is suitable for you and your case. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation with a skilled Domestic Violence defense attorney in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Fort Collins Defense Attorneys Focus on Developing a Strategy Suitable for Your Case

Typically, assault/harassment charges occur because an argument escalates into a physical altercation. Once law enforcement officers are contacted and dispatched to a disturbance, someone is usually arrested. If alcohol and/or drugs were alleged to have been involved in the altercation, certain bond conditions will be ordered that may include random breath testing. The final sentence may also include alcohol or drug education/treatment in addition to the Domestic Violence education/treatment.

It is often difficult to understand why an officer decides to arrest one person over the other. As your Domestic Violence defense lawyers, we will thoroughly review the evidence and discuss it with you. We believe that your perception of the incident is just as important as the alleged victim's perception of the incident. The reason for your arrest and the resulting charges is often difficult to understand. As experienced criminal defense attorneys, we will provide you with effective, competent advice and guidance.

Defining Potential Penalties for Domestic Violence Sentencing Enhancer

The Domestic Violence Sentencing Enhancer attaches to the underlying criminal offense simply by virtue of a person's current or prior relationship with the alleged victim as defined by law. If you are convicted of a criminal offense with a Domestic Violence sentencing enhancer, you will be required to complete a Domestic Violence evaluation and recommended treatment program.

The State of Colorado has a tri-level treatment program. A team of professionals will evaluate you either prior to or after you are sentenced. The level of treatment you will have to complete will be based upon certain risk factors and your progression in treatment once you begin. Those risk factors include:

  • Prior Domestic Violence incidents
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Mental health issues
  • Suicidal/homicidal issues
  • Use and/or threatened use of a weapon
  • Criminal history
  • Safety concerns
  • Violence or threats toward family members
  • Attitudes that support spousal assault
  • Victim separated from offender within last six months
  • Employment status
  • Involvement with other individuals who have a criminal history

In Colorado, if you are charged with a crime involving an alleged victim, the court may impose a "No-Contact Order" as a condition of your bond. The No-Contact Order must be taken very seriously. The terms and conditions of the order can be case-specific. We are here to help you determine what restrictions have been placed on you and how you can go about getting some, if any, of the restrictions modified.

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It you have been charged with assault, harassment, criminal mischief or trespassing, with or without the Domestic Violence sentencing, it is in your best interests to select an experienced and dependable criminal defense attorney. Contact our law firm online or call 970-482-6000 for a free initial consultation.

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Joneson & Michael, LLC

Joneson & Michael, LLC
425 West Mulberry Street, Suite 212
Fort Collins, CO 80521

Telephone: 970-482-6000
Fax: 970-482-6011
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