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False Allegations of Domestic Violence: Why Coloradans Make Them
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Many domestic violence allegations are legitimate cries for help, and they should absolutely be taken seriously. However, false claims do unfortunately occur in Colorado from time to time.
 
False claims of domestic violence are a disservice not only to the person accused and to any children from the relationship, but also to the millions of Americans who are genuine victims of domestic violence.
 
Unfortunately, failing to investigate… Continue reading this article

The Three Degrees of Domestic Assault in Colorado
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Domestic violence is a widespread crime throughout Colorado and the United States as a whole. Recent studies revealed that close to half of all murders of women in this country are done at the hands of a current or former romantic partner. Often, the conversation after a mass shooting turns to the connection between domestic violence and other crimes committed with a deadly weapon.
 
Our high rates of… Continue reading this article

What Teens Need to Know about Dating Violence in Colorado
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Relationships can be confusing, especially if you are a teenager. Teens are not always taught about what makes a healthy relationship, and the signs that contribute to emotional, physical, or other types of abuse.
 
Unfortunately, teen dating violence is a growing problem in Colorado. It happens to young men and women, and sometimes, even teens who try to defend themselves are caught and charged.
 
Below, we’re going to… Continue reading this article

You Don’t Have to Physically Hurt Someone in Colorado to Get a DV Charge
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Colorado does not have a standalone statute or charge dedicated to domestic violence. After all, domestic violence cannot be defined by one single action.
 
Instead, domestic violence (DV) is a broad term that is separated into a handful of categories. Physical violence is just one type of domestic violence, and is not the only type of DV that is against Colorado law.
 
In other words, even if… Continue reading this article

Colorado “Red Flag” Bill Makes Strong DV Defense Even More Important
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A new bill circulating through the Colorado state government may make it easier to take guns away from certain people. Specifically, judges may be allowed to seize firearms for six months or more from those who are categorized as “significant risks” under the new “Red Flag” law.
 
What exactly is this bill? How did it come into being?
 
On Dec. 31, 2017, a Douglas County sheriff was… Continue reading this article

Cop’s Charges Reminder of the Many Types of Colorado Domestic Violence
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A Washington cop allegedly tracked a woman’s location through GPS monitoring, manipulated her by threatening to commit suicide, threatened to shoot her after a no-contact order was filed against him in mid-February, and more.
 
After she went to police to describe his actions, Corporal Brooks Owen Laughlin, 33, was arrested and is currently under investigation and awaiting a hearing. There are numerous domestic violence charges that he could… Continue reading this article

Longmont Domestic Violence Story Reminds Us Men Are Victims Too
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When we think about domestic violence, most of us picture the man as the aggressor and the woman as the victim. However, studies have shown that a surprising number of men are actually domestic violence victims. Moreover, many incidents of domestic violence are mutual, meaning that both parties could be considered aggressors… or victims.
 
A recent domestic incident in Longmont provides us with a real-world reminder of this… Continue reading this article

Colorado Man Shot in Domestic Dispute – Some Hypothetical Defenses
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Shot in the groin.
 
That’s what police in Colorado Springs say happened to a local man during what they are calling a domestic dispute. Preliminary reports indicated that there were two wounds in his groin area, caused by either one or two bullets (one of wound could be where the bullet exited).  The only thing else release at the time of this writing is that two people were in… Continue reading this article

Why Domestic Violence Awareness Month Could Lead to More Charges
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We recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month here in Colorado, and this year marks the 30th anniversary of the campaign.
 
“It’s important that we recognize this month because it’s an issue that keeps growing in our society,” said Shirley Crow, Peterson Air Force Base’s domestic violence victim advocate. “Not that it’s new, but it is very hidden and [kept] behind closed doors.”
 
In 1981, the National… Continue reading this article

New Colorado Domestic Violence Law Can Stop You from Getting Bail
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Our state takes domestic violence seriously, and a new law that has recently gone into effect shows just how serious Colorado is when it comes to domestic violence charges.
 
As of Wednesday, August 9, the No Bail for Stalking and Domestic Violence Offenders Act says bail will be denied to anyone convicted of habitual domestic violence or felony stalking in order to protect the alleged victims. Instead… Continue reading this article