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New law provides harsh punishment for strangulation

Those who face some forms of domestic violence charges are in for a harsh awakening from some new Colorado legislation. Just three months ago, new legislation was passed making it a felony to strangle another person, and the Denver County District Attorney has been prosecuting strangulation cases with impressive zeal.

The law itself was conceived to curb instances of domestic violence, and by that measure it may be considered a success. Of the nearly fifty cases that have been heard so far, almost all of them are some form of domestic violence charges. Those who are survivors of domestic violence involving strangulation have expressed to local news outlets that they are grateful to the law for the expanded power it gives prosecutors.

The new laws heavily rely on the testimony of one individual against another, painting a severe picture for those who may be charged erroneously through false testimony. While no one wants higher instances of domestic violence, the newly minted laws grant substantial power to prosecutors to pursue felony charges against individuals who may be innocent of the charges brought against them. Strangulation was reclassified as felony primarily because of the severe effects it can have on its victims, both physically and emotionally.

The Denver District attorney has been impressively efficient in prosecuting those accused of felony strangulation following the passage of the new law. Still, any person who is charged with a crime, even one of such a personal nature, deserves an excellent defense to ensure that justice is served. If you have been charged with felony strangulation or some other form of domestic violence, the representation of an experienced attorney can help ensure that your case is heard fairly while your rights remain protected.

Source: .thedenverchannel.com, "Survivors believe new domestic violence law is making a difference across Colorado," Mark Boyle, Aug. 31, 2016

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