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Fort Collins Domestic Violence/Protection Orders/No Contact Orders Attorneys

Domestic Violence Assault Cases

If you have been charged with assault, harassment, criminal mischief, trespass, or violation of a protection order with a domestic violence sentencing enhancer, contact Joneson & Michael, LLC.

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 have had or are in an intimiate relationship as defined by law. If you are convicted of assault, harassment, trespass, 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 treatment is determined by several things.

We are Joneson & Michael, LLC., criminal defense lawyers in Fort Collins, Colorado. We have over 23 years of combined experience both as prosecutors and defense attorneys in cases involving assault, harassment, trespass, and criminal mischief with and without the domestic violence sentencing enhancer. If you, a friend, or a family member has been charged with a criminal offense that has a domestic violence sentencing enhancer, we offer a free initial consutation to discuss 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 lawyer, 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.

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 victim. 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

"No Contact Orders" and Civil Protection Order Violations

In Colorado, if you are charged with a "crime of violence" or if there is an alleged victim involved with the charges, the court may impose a "no contact order" as a condition of your bond. The "no contact order" is very serious, and depending on the exact language of the order, you cannot contact the alleged victim in person or through a third party.  If you violate the "not contact order" you could be charged with an additional offense, including violation of bail bond which carries a mandatory jail sentence.

Do not violate any term or condition of your bond; particularily, the "no contact order".   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.

Contact Joneson & Michael, LLC to discuss any criminal offense you face, the consequences and penalties of theoffense, and what you need to do in order to successfully complete the legal process.

Free Attorney Consultation

It you have been charged with assault, harassment, criminal mischief, or trespass, with or without the domestic violence sentencing, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced and dependable criminal defense attorney. Schedule a free initial consultation with us by calling 970-482-6000 or filling out the form on this website. We are committed to quality legal representation and personalzied attention.  Every client is unique and evey case is unique.

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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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