As a 2014 article written for the Mint Press News so aptly explained, it's difficult to talk about the subject of domestic violence without warranting some level of trepidation. While it's important to remain sensitive to its victims - which, in a majority of cases, are women - it's important not to ignore other truths about the subject, such as the fact that men can also be victims of domestic violence.
Members of the military face a lot of challenges throughout the course of their service and family life, and domestic violence allegations are no exception. While some of these charges are well founded, others can be the result of misunderstandings that have gone out of control. There are even cases where accusations of domestic violence may be completely false and are made by an alleged victim to punish the accused for one reason or another.
For most people in Colorado, the laws governing domestic violence are completely foreign to them, until they are suddenly thrust into a potentially life-changing situation. At The Foley Law Firm, we think it is a good idea for everyone to be familiar with the laws, so you will know what to expect should a domestic violence call be made.
People often think of domestic violence in Colorado as physical abuse. In some cases, they also think about verbal and emotional abuse. While these things certainly are abuse, they do not tell the whole story.
If you are standing on the sidewalk in front of a restaurant and you get in a fight with another person who thinks, for example, that you cut in front of him or her in line to get a table, you could be charged with assault for striking that person. However, if you strike your spouse, you could instead be charged with domestic violence. Since both incidents involve the same action on your part, does the domestic violence charge really replace the assault charge, just because it happened in the home?
Do you know the legal definition of the term "domestic violence" in the state of Colorado? All too many defendants are unaware that their assault and battery and other charges could be upgraded because of domestic violence allegations. Understanding the formal definition of domestic violence can help defendants formulate a more effective criminal defense against these accusations.
Is "domestic violence" itself considered a type of crime? Many criminal defendants may be surprised to know that domestic violence is actually a designated violation. Although domestic violence is often paired with other crimes including battery and assault, the violence charge can stand on its own in a Colorado courtroom.