The attorneys at The Law Center P.C. are some of the most highly regarded practitioners handling cases involving domestic abuse cases. We seek just resolutions in each case and recognize that not every case involves an abusive male against a female. Males can and do become victims of domestic abuse. There has also been an alarming increase in domestic violence cases involving same-sex couples.
Domestic violence devastates the lives of victims as well as their children. At The Law Center P.C. , we can help victims seek safety from their abusers as well as find opportunities to establish a life free from abuse. We can seek civil protection orders and divorce filings simultaneously, allowing our clients to move on to a place of safety.
If you find yourself in this situation, we have the experience to assist you with the care, attention and experience required.
Domestic violence often ends in divorce, which, in many cases, is the best outcome. However, domestic violence is serious, and no one should levy accusations against an innocent person. Unfortunately, many of the steps taken to address domestic violence also make the system subject to abuse by false accusations.
We’ve seen cases where one party alleged domestic violence as a way to seek retribution against their spouse or to help them gain sole custody of their children. This is unacceptable.
If you find yourself falsely accused of domestic violence, you could face criminal charges or family consequences, such as losing your children. Having lawyers in different firms handling your family and criminal cases separately could result in conflicting advice or unacceptable consequences and certainly will result in higher overall fees. Our lawyers have the experience to help you with both the criminal charges and the divorce implications of a domestic violence accusation.
People frequently get arrested on assault or domestic violence charges that are based on relatively benign conduct. Even standing in a doorway during an argument and telling someone, “You’re not leaving this room until we settle this,” can be misconstrued as false imprisonment, which is an act of domestic violence.
If you hold down the button on the telephone so that your spouse can’t carry out his or her threat to call a family member, it can be considered “interference with telephonic communication,” which is an act of domestic violence.
When your freedom, rights and reputation are threatened by an accusation like this in Colorado, do not wait to take action to defend yourself. Turn to The Law Center P.C. Our skilled team of Denver criminal defense attorneys provides vigorous and knowledgeable representation.
When police respond to a domestic violence call, Colorado statute states that law enforcement officers “shall” make an arrest, not “may” make an arrest. If the police arrive and have probable cause to believe that an act of domestic violence has taken place — which can be no more than one party claiming it happened — they must take someone into custody.
Convictions for domestic violence in Colorado carry severe life consequences. In addition to possibly serving jail time, you will lose your Second Amendment right to possess firearms or ammunition. Even if you take a deferred judgment and sentence, you must still complete a domestic violence evaluation, in addition to attending 36 weeks of counseling. You may also prejudice your parental rights in a current or future custody dispute. A conviction or deferred judgment and sentence on a domestic violence charge renders the defendant ineligible for certification by the Peace Officer Standards and Training of the attorney general’s office, meaning they can never be employed as a law enforcement officer in Colorado.
The financial cost of a conviction is also high. Domestic violence counseling usually costs around $3,600. Plus, you will have to pay for storing any firearms, and you will have to pay $50 as a probation supervision fee every month.
Accusations of domestic violence frequently lead to divorce. Whether you are the accused or the victim, our firm is experienced in the issues surrounding domestic violence. Our lawyers are highly recommended by domestic violence treatment providers on both sides. It is not uncommon that the true victim is criminally charged with domestic violence. This can be emotionally devastating. The mandatory protection order issued in a criminal case can be disruptive to the divorce process and give the accuser the upper hand in the divorce.
The best course of action may be entirely counter-intuitive. You need experienced counsel to navigate these waters rife with danger. What may seem like a great plea bargain in the criminal case may seal your children’s fate in the divorce matter. Your best plan is to have lawyers in the same firm handling both your criminal charges and your domestic relations matter. Do not entrust your cases to attorneys who only dabble in the fields.
Founding attorney and Managing Director Robert B. Wareham is a former law enforcement officer with an in-depth understanding of criminal law in general and domestic violence in particular. In fact, following a complete repeal and re-enactment of the Colorado statutes pertaining to civil protection orders by the Colorado General Assembly in 2013, he authored the revised chapter on the topic in “The Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Domestic Relations Law.” He is the attorney other lawyers look up to as an authority on the subject.