Domestic violence is a common crime throughout Colorado and one that can lead to serious consequences. Those who have been arrested and accused of this crime need to know what type of penalties they will face if convicted. Domestic violence is not covered by one specific statute in Colorado, but there are still penalties for the commission of such a crime.
The biggest penalty that an offender can be sentenced to when convicted of domestic violence is prison time. You might spend months to years in jail after a conviction. It all depends on the case and its circumstances.
If you are not sentenced to prison, you will be required to take part in a domestic violence treatment program. You might also be required to submit to an evaluation by a professional. If you don't complete the program, you might wind up in jail.
If you live in the same home as the victim, you may be required to leave. If you live in separate places, you might wind up being sentenced to house arrest.
Should you be convicted of the crime of domestic violence, you might be sentenced to probation. If this is the case, the court will take into account the victim and their feelings before making this sentence ruling.
Being charged with domestic violence in Colorado can significantly change your life. You need to build a defense against the charges, especially if the issue occurred as you were defending yourself, someone else or your property. As some accusers make up false allegations, this may need to be addressed by your defense attorney.