“Colorado is no exception.”
So states an in-depth legal source on the state’s domestic violence laws. That informed overview duly notes Colorado’s unity with many other states that have mandatory arrest provisions in place for individuals who allegedly commit acts of family violence. It stresses that police are required to arrest an accused offender “if there is evidence to show that abuse has occurred.”
That can sometimes – and logically enough – make for a slippery slope of “truth” in select instances. Police responding to abuse claims often confront an atmosphere marked by tension and conflicting tales of “what happened” prior to an emergency call. Evidence can be less than clear or even lacking. Witnesses can offer varying accounts of what allegedly occurred.
Often, none of that matters. We note at the proven Denver criminal defense law firm of Shazam Kianpour & Associates that, “If someone called 911 about a domestic violence situation, someone is going to be arrested.”
And that is invariably a big deal, for a number of reasons.
For starters, a domestic abuse matter in the pipeline has a resolute and often unstoppable quality about it, especially when its alleged details come before a district attorney for scrutiny.
And the consequences for a charged offender can be severe, even life-upending. The list of wrongdoing linked with domestic violence accusations is both long and materially varied. Notably, it transcends physical behaviors to include charges of emotional abuse, verbal threats, harassment, stalking, violations of existing judicial orders and many other alleged criminal acts.
A criminal conviction on a family violence charge has serious and enduring consequences. An individual logically focused on minimizing the downsides might reasonably want to secure diligent and knowledgeable legal help without delay.