Being charged with domestic violence is overwhelming because of the impact on your family and the potential consequences of a conviction. Domestic violence in Denver is both a standalone charge and one that is attached to a range of other charges as a sentencing enhancer. If a domestic violence charge is added to another charge, it can dramatically increase the potential sentence for both. If someone accuses you of domestic violence, arrest is mandatory. After your arrest, call a lawyer right away. Beginning to build your case as soon as possible can have a positive effect on the outcome. Your lawyer can fight for your rights and help you avoid these consequences of domestic violence convictions.
Prison time for a domestic violence conviction can vary dramatically based on the type of crimes, but penalties are severe and sentences can be several years long. Unlike other types of charges, in-home detention is not possible for a domestic violence conviction, so the entirety of the sentence must be served in a prison. For habitual domestic violence offenders, misdemeanor charges can be raised to felony ones, which results in even longer prison sentences. Your lawyer will fight against this type of adjustment to your charges and will work to minimize any potential prison sentence.
Domestic Violence Classes
Often, people convicted of domestic violence charges are ordered by the court to attend domestic violence, or DV, classes. At a minimum, people are required to attend at least 36 hours of DV classes led by a provider that is approved by a state board responsible for domestic violence treatment. Some offenders are ordered into longer programs.
Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of domestic violence charges from owning a gun. Under criminal law in Colorado, a felony conviction for domestic violence precludes someone from owning a firearm. These rights are never re-instated, even after the offender has served his or her entire sentence.