“You are under arrest for Domestic Violence … you have the right to remain silent … “
By The Gasper Law Group, PLLC, Criminal Division Staff
“Domestic violence” in Colorado is defined 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 … 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.”
It’s true … you may not even have struck your spouse or girlfriend. All you did was put a hole in your own wall while busting up your hand in the process. Domestic Violence! Oh, and these crimes carry with them some pretty severe punishments. If you are convicted, your conviction may be posted on public databases for the rest of your life. No problem, you can just have your record sealed, right? Ah, not so fast. Currently, Colorado law prohibits the sealing of any domestic violence convictions. That means EVER.
So, you are in the military or you are a hunter? No more. Your domestic violence conviction, whether harassment or assault, and even for misdemeanor level charges, will prevent you from possessing or controlling a firearm. 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(9). This may be true whether you are given a deferred or adjudicated sentence as those may still be convictions under federal law. Your military career could be over as well as your ability to bag that 15-point buck!
We don’t even need to talk further about probation and the cost involved in treatments and supervision. Don’t forget that background check that your prospective employer might do just before they tell you that they’ve hired someone else for the position!
Do you need a competent defense attorney if you are charged with Domestic Violence? Well, with impacts that can reach out as far as “the rest of your life”, it doesn’t seem prudent to do anything but get representation of an attorney who is experienced in these matters. The Gasper Law Group, PLLC has successfully represented hundreds of clients facing these charges