Don’t Let a Colorado Domestic Violence Charge Ruin Your Life
The initial reaction from most people who find out that they have been charged with domestic violence in Colorado is to feel angry, hurt, and even confused. Why? Because the domestic violence laws in our state are incredibly misunderstood by the vast majority of our citizens. If you were to ask a random person on the street to define domestic violence, they would probably say that it’s when couples get physical and hurt each other. That definition isn’t wrong – it’s just incomplete.
Domestic violence attorney Kimberly Diego has successfully defended hundreds of domestic violence cases, so she knows the law inside and out and can help you to understand why you’ve been charged, what you can do about it, and why it’s so important to have expert legal assistance on your side. This kind of charge is taken very seriously by the state of Colorado, and that means facing serious penalties – fines, counseling, a permanent criminal record, and possibly even jail time await you if convicted, so you owe it to yourself to get the best possible help.
Kimberly Diego Helps You Understand Why You Were Charged
As mentioned above, domestic violence covers far more than violence between couples or families. In our state, you can be levied with this charge in a much wider array of situations than those involving physical violence.
Actual physical violence isn’t required. Most people are shocked to learn that there doesn’t need to be any physical violence involved such as punching, slapping, or pushing to earn a domestic violence charge. If a husband and wife are engaged in a heated argument and she says something like, “Say that again and I’ll kill you!” that technically counts as an act of domestic violence in Colorado. The law includes both actual violent acts and threats of violent acts.
It goes beyond couples. While most cases of domestic violence involve people who are currently involved in romantic relationships, the legal definition encompasses far more people. In fact, you can be accused of domestic violence against anyone you’ve ever been intimate with, regardless of how long ago it was, or how brief that intimate contact may have been.
Property crimes can count, too. Let’s say you’re so sick of your roommate watching TV in the living room until 3am that you steal his TV to punish him. Or take the pocket watch that was given to him by his grandfather and say you’ll smash it if he doesn’t cut it out. As surprising as this may be, both of those count as domestic violence crimes if you have ever had an intimate relationship with him. If you take the property of someone you’re in a close relationship with to coerce, control, punish, intimidate, or take revenge, you’re leaving yourself open to this charge – even if you purchased the property, or the property is jointly owed by yourself and that person.
The victim doesn’t have to claim domestic violence. One of the things people find most shocking about domestic violence laws is that an allegation always equals an arrest. That means if you’re fighting with your girlfriend and she calls 911 claiming domestic violence, that’s going to be your charge – even if she immediately refutes her claim and tells the responding officer that she was just upset. But it goes beyond even that; if you have an argument that disturbs a neighbor, and they call the police and say it sounds like domestic violence next door, that’s an automatic arrest, too.
Kimberly Diego knows from experience that understanding why you were charged is the first step to building a defense and achieving the best possible outcome, so one of the first things she will do with any client is walk through all the details of exactly what happened.
What Happens After Your Denver Domestic Violence Charge
After you have been arrested and charged with domestic violence, there’s little that you can do on your own to improve the situation, but a lot you can do to make it worse. Two things that everyone accused of this crime should know are that, once the mandatory protection order is entered, it’s illegal for you to make any kind of contact with the alleged victim or to possess any weapons. That’s right – even if you have a legally registered firearm, you have to get rid of it.
Some think that they should try to talk to the alleged victim to get them to drop the charges. This is not only a bad idea, since it could result in the filing of additional charges, but also because there’s no point. One of the things that Kimberly Diego stresses with every single client who has been charged with domestic violence is that alleged victims can’t stop the process once it’s in motion. Colorado law says that the prosecuting attorney has sole discretion to drop charges or move forward with them – even if the person who originally leveled the accusation against you says they were wrong, that their words were manipulated, or that they lied. This means that the only way of getting your charges reduced or dismissed is to present facts that show you in the best possible light.
A professional defense from an experienced domestic violence attorney like Kimberly Diego is well worth it, because the consequences of a conviction are quite severe and can include:
- Exorbitant fines
- Jail time
- Mandatory completion of a 36-week domestic violence treatment program
- Deportation for non-U.S. citizens
- Permanent deprivation of the ability to possess a firearm
The best way to defend against a conviction in Colorado is to hire a qualified lawyer as soon as possible so that they can begin evaluating your situation and creating a defense. The stronger the argument that they are able to build, the better they’ll be able to negotiate with the prosecutor’s office for your charges to be reduced or dismissed altogether.
Kimberly Diego Thinks Your Life Is Worth 45 Minutes – Do You?
That’s the length of the free consultation that she offers to any prospective client so that she can go over the facts of your case, learn more about your situation, and talk to you about the options that she believes are available to you. In her time as a Denver defense attorney, Ms. Diego has garnered a reputation for a hard-working, honest professionalism that’s tempered with compassion. She truly believes that everyone deserves the best defense possible and that you are innocent until proven guilty.
Perhaps that’s why Kimberly Diego has received so many accolades from clients:
“Her representation gave me confidence and helped put my life back on track, a sort of reform that jail time or longer probation could never have accomplished… She went above and beyond what any other lawyers I spoke with could not even fathom. She did what was necessary to represent me in all aspects of my defense needs. Finally, Ms. Diego was efficient and worked quickly, keeping the amount of billable hours to a number I could afford. I highly recommend Ms. Diego as a defense lawyer.”
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Or why she’s been recognized repeatedly by peers:
- One of Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars 2012”
- The National Trial Lawyers “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Colorado for 2012 & 2013″
- Received the Denver Domestic Violence Attorney Denver Award for 2012 & 2013
- Featured on an E! Online article due to her expertise in Colorado criminal law
Get the Best Defense – Contact Kimberly Diego Today
If you want a Denver criminal lawyer who will provide you with the most vigorous defense possible in your domestic violence case, contact Kimberly Diego now. For a free consultation, just call 720-257-5346 or simply fill out her FREE CASE REVIEW form.