Colorado police respond to various types of emergency calls each day. Some incidents involve domestic violence issues. Depending upon the circumstances of an individual situation, officers may or may not take one or more persons into custody after investigating an alleged domestic violence incident.
State law defines domestic violence as an act or threatened act of violence against a person with whom one is intimately related. A certain stigma sometimes attached to criminal charges of such nature can have lasting negative effects on a person’s life. In addition, once charges involving domestic violence are filed, state law requires those charges to be pursued even if an alleged victim wants them dropped.
In Nov. 2015, a 39-year-old man was taken into custody after police had conducted surveillance to locate him. Authorities claim that the man has been wanted since October for three unspecified domestic violence incidents. Officers apparently approached him while he was in his vehicle, and he reportedly did not resist arrest.
In Colorado, as in all other states, a person being arrested for domestic violence is able to invoke his or her right to remain silent. It is sometimes advisable to do so until one has had the opportunity to speak with a criminal defense attorney. The outcome of such an incident can hold significant bearing on one’s future ability to secure employment and function as a productive member of society; therefore, one will want to ensure that all options for a strong defense are considered before facing charges in court.