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Category: Domestic Abuse


How to Lift a Domestic Violence Restraining Order in Colorado
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Domestic violence charges are taken very seriously in our state, and can affect all aspects of your life, including your job, time with your children, and even where you are allowed to live. If you also have to adhere to a restraining order while your case is pending, you might find that your everyday life is now riddled with inconvenient limitations.
 
If you have a restraining order against… Continue reading this article

“No Bail For Stalking and Domestic Violence Offenders” Now Law
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Colorado has a history of aggressively protecting domestic violence victims. From mandatory overnight holding to the serious consequences after a conviction, these laws are meant to crack down on this type of crime.
 
Earlier this month, Colorado signed another domestic violence law called “No Bail for Stalking and Domestic Violence Offenders.” The name speaks for itself. While Colorado had already denied bail to individuals who have been convicted… Continue reading this article

Inconsistency in Domestic Violence Arrests May Mean Policy Change
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In the past year, Denver7 has been investigating how Colorado law enforcement handles domestic violence cases, from the moment a call is made about alleged domestic violence to the moment someone is arrested (or not arrested). Investigators looked at records and rates of arrest throughout different counties in Colorado and reported back with troubling statistics.
 
The rates at which law enforcement carries out domestic violence arrests vary wildly. When… Continue reading this article

Bill Passed to Help Prosecute Domestic Violence Offenders
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Last month, a bill that will enact harsher sentences on domestic violence offenders with multiple convictions in Colorado was signed into law.
 
House Bill 16-1066, a bill called “Concerning An Habitual Domestic Violence Offender” was first introduced in early 2016 and sponsored by state Representative Kit Roupe, a Republican from Colorado Springs. The bill was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives, and was 2 votes away from… Continue reading this article

The Everyday Effects of a Domestic Violence Charge
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No one is immune to the consequences of being accused of domestic violence – just ask actor Johnny Depp.
 
On May 23, Depp’s wife, Amber Heard, filed for divorce and asked for spousal support. Two days after Depp rejected her request, she claimed in court that Depp had abused her throughout their 5-year relationship. Heard had a bruise on the right side of her eye, which she said… Continue reading this article

Colorado Domestic Violence Defense Strategies
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Over the last few decades, lawmakers have come to recognize that domestic violence is a serious issue in our country. Charges and penalties have been increased to punish offenders and serve as a deterrent to anyone who might be inclined to engage in this kind of behavior.
 
But in an effort to protect victims, we have turned domestic violence charges into something that can completely derail an individual’s… Continue reading this article

Domestic Violence and Protection Orders: What You Need to Know
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Accusations of domestic violence are a serious matter—even if the alleged incident never actually occurred. In order to protect actual victims of abuse, Colorado has mandatory arrest laws for anyone who has been accused of domestic violence.
 
The law requires police to arrest any person when “there is probable cause to believe that a crime or offense involving domestic violence.” In the real world, this means that if… Continue reading this article

When Financial Control becomes Domestic Abuse
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When Financial Control becomes Domestic Abuse


Although the type of domestic abuse that generally receives the most attention in the media involves battery, there are many forms of domestic abuse that don’t involve physical harm to the victim. In fact, some people who are charged with domestic abuse may not have even realized that their actions could constitute a crime.
 
I’ve already written about how behaviors such as stalking and destruction of property are considered… Continue reading this article