After September 1, 2010, any individual sentenced for a domestic violence conviction will be required to complete either a Level A (low intensity), Level B (moderate intensity), or Level C (high intensity) track of treatment. This is a change from previous law, which imposed a requirement of 36 weeks of treatment across the board. Also, an individual may be permitted to do all or some of his treatment in individual, as opposed to group, sessions if his or her circumstance is deemed to constitute “special circumstances”. Any individual who is in “severe denial” may also be placed in individual treatment. Level A and B would require an individual to attend meetings once a week, whereas Level C would require two meetings a week. An individual’s level of treatment may be increased based on any perceived lack of progress.
Other consequences of a domestic violence conviction include the following:
- You will never again be permitted to own or possess a weapon after a domestic violence conviction. You also will be placed on the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the FBI’s National Instant Check System for life.
- You may lose your job, in particular if your job requires you to work with ammunition, firearms, or other dangerous instruments.
- Also, if you are not a U.S. citizen, your immigration status may be negatively impacted and you may be deported.
If you have been charged with domestic violence and are looking for representation call Kimberly now at (720) 257-5346 for a FREE 45 minute consultation.