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Colorado's Domestic Violence Sentence Enhancer

In Colorado, Domestic Violence means 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, intimidation or revenge directed against a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship. Iq option IQoptions facebook iqoption

An intimate relationship has been defined as a relationship between:

  • Spouses
  • Former Spouses
  • Past or present unmarried couples
  • 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

An intimate relationship does not require a showing of a sexual relationship.

Domestic Violence is not a separate crime, but instead a "sentence enhancer". If a crime is charged with the Domestic Violence sentence enhancer, the District Attorney can dismiss the Domestic Violence sentence enhancer if:

  1. The State is unable to prove an intimate relationship between the parties beyond a reasonable doubt


  2. The underlying facts constituting the criminal charge cannot be proven by the State beyond a reasonable doubt

Because Domestic Violence is a sentence enhancer, it can be attached to any criminal offense. Charges typically associated with Domestic Violence include but are not limited:

Domestic Violence Mandatory Arrest Requirement

Colorado law mandates the immediate arrest of an individual for which a law enforcement official has probable cause to believe he/she has committed a criminal offense against a person or their property with whom he/she has/had an intimate relationship with.

The mandatory arrest provision requires the accused to appear before a Judge to have bond set and a No Contact Order issued between the Parties. The No Contact Order will remain in effect until the case is dismissed or the sentence has been completed. The Order may only be modified or lifted by Court order.

Violation of the No Contact Order can result in additional criminal charges being filed against you, revocation of your bond and withdrawal of current plea offers by the District Attorney.

At Joneson & Michael, we combine our 23 years of experience to navigate you and your family through the complexities of Colorado's Domestic Violence laws. We understand the stress and confusion the morning after an arrest can bring and we can assist you in securing an outcome favorable to you and your future. As former prosecutors, we will utilize our knowledge of Colorado's law with the insight our prosecutor positions provided to ensure you and your rights are protected.

Collateral Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction

A conviction to a crime of Domestic Violence can have long term collateral consequences including but not limited to:

Joneson & Michael can insulate your future by thoroughly analyzing the facts of your case as it relates to Colorado law to provide effective and zealous representation. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys will evaluate the entirety of your case from not only a legal perspective, but also a personal one. We understand there is more than one side to the story and much more than what the police reports may detail.

At Joneson & Michael, we understand that emotionally charged events can quickly spiral out of control, resulting in criminal charges. Geri R. Joneson and Rachel A. Michael have the knowledge and experience to navigate you through Colorado's rigid Domestic Violence laws. Contact Joneson & Michael at 970-482-6000 today to safeguard your future.

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Joneson & Michael, LLC

Joneson & Michael, LLC
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Fort Collins, CO 80521

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