Douglas County Domestic Violence Lawyer

While domestic violence is not a crime in itself here in Colorado, it can enhance the complexity and penalties associated with crimes committed within the context of family or a domestic relationship where one intends to threaten, control, punish, or intimidate another party.

What is Considered Domestic Violence in Douglas County?

C.R.S. 18-6-800.3(1) defines domestic violence 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, or any municipal ordinance violation 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.”

What does this mean for you? To put it simply, if Douglas County law enforcement is called for domestic violence, someone is going to jail. If you are contacted by police and believe you may be arrested, use your right to remain silent and refrain from making any statement without legal representation.

What Do I Do if I Am Arrested For Domestic Violence in Douglas County?

First, stay calm and stay quiet. Wait for direction from your attorney before making statements or responding to inquiries. Additionally, remember that domestic abuse is not a crime in the state of Colorado. That said, it is a sentencing enhancer that can be attached to nearly any other domestic crime. Another thing to remember, there does not always need to be physical contact to be accused of, and charged with, domestic violence. Property destruction, excessive calling or texting, threats, and even obscene language can all fall under the domestic abuse umbrella.

The best thing you can do to move on from domestic violence charges quickly and effectively:

  • Exercise your right to remain silent
  • Do not admit, agree to, or sign anything
  • Retain proper legal counsel immediately – this is not the time to rely on a public defender
  • Document everything, do not share your notes with anyone but your legal team


What are Potential Penalties if I am Convicted of Domestic Violence in Douglas County?

In addition to the stigma associated with these charges, being arrested for domestic violence in Douglas County comes with heavy penalties. Because of things like criminal charges, mandatory arrest and no contact laws, and other legal stipulations, defendants often experience lost jobs, alienation from family, and other interpersonal and financial complications. Added to the following legal repercussions, the impacts of a domestic violence charge can be lifelong.

Jail Time High Fines and Court Costs
Loss of Custody of Children Mandatory Counseling and Classes
Loss of Public Assistance Mandatory Protection Orders
CPS/DHS Involvement Dishonorable Discharge from Military
Loss of Military Benefits Loss of Second Amendment Rights
Inability to Qualify for Student Loans Deportation (for non-US citizens)
Loss of Voting Rights Loss of Hunting Privileges
Difficulty Obtaining Housing …And More

Getting to Rodemer | Kane from Douglas County

Choosing a local attorney who knows the legal system not only in the state of Colorado, but who is familiar with nuances and processes specific to Douglas County will not only get your case handled more quickly, but it will also be more likely to have a favorable outcome. We are conveniently located and easy to reach from Douglas County, just head south on I-25 – directions are available by clicking on the map below, or fill out the contact form on this page for a free case evaluation.