You got into a fight with your significant other and things heated up rather rapidly. The next thing you know, you were charged with domestic violence and slapped with a mandatory protection order.
What does this mean? How could this eventually affect your case? Here’s what you need to know:
CRS 18-1-1001 requires the court to issue a mandatory protection order against a criminal defendant in cases like yours. This order basically forbids you from harassing, bothering or otherwise intimidating your alleged victim. It also forbids you from retaliating against either the alleged victim or any witnesses in your case, and from somehow influencing (“tampering”) with the potential testimony of a witness.
The mandatory protection order does not mean that your case is lost and you’re bound for conviction. The law simply errs heavily on the side of caution if there’s any indication that one person might be dangerous to another.
No matter what your situation, you don’t want to violate the restrictions placed on you by the mandatory protection order – because that will lead to new charges, and those charges may ultimately stick even if your domestic violence case is dismissed.
Among other things, that means:
If you’ve been charged with domestic violence, don’t try to handle the situation on your own. Your entire future rests on a robust defense.