Take Action After Allegations Of Domestic Violence
As a prosecutor, attorney Bill McAdams spent much of his time in the District Attorney’s Office handling domestic violence prosecutions. He is adept at handling these cases and knows what actions to take in order to achieve the best possible results. At our Greeley, Colorado, law firm — the McAdams Law Office — he has achieved a history of favorable results defending these cases.
The Law On Domestic Violence In Colorado
Under Colorado law, allegations of domestic violence are used as a sentence enhancer to increase penalties for other crimes, like assault or harassment. A person cannot solely be charged with “domestic violence” as a crime.
If you have been arrested on a spousal abuse charge, you face a number of potentially unpleasant consequences:
- Your spouse or partner could obtain a protection order or restraining order, prohibiting you from contacting or being within a certain distance of the other party. This could be for the entirety of the case or longer, at the discretion of the court.
- You could plead guilty to the domestic violence charge. Under the Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (DVOMB) guidelines, if you plead guilty, you must complete 36 weeks of anger management classes, at a cost of $35-40 per class.
- The court can order supervised probation, at a cost of $50 per month, for 24 months. You will also pay over $200 in court costs and $100 for a domestic violence evaluation.
- You can be prohibited from owning a gun for the rest of your life, the violation of which is a federal felony.
- Because domestic violence is often considered a crime of “moral turpitude,” you could be ineligible for citizenship and subject to deportation or loss of legal status.
Working With An Experienced Lawyer On Your Domestic Violence Charge
In our experience, domestic violence is difficult to prove at trial, as it often comes down to “he said, she said,” which is seldom sufficient to convict. Because the costs listed above are estimates that are generally at the bottom end of actual costs, you may save money as well as your reputation by hiring a lawyer to handle your domestic violence charge.
A large majority of cases involving domestic violence never go to trial and many that make it to trial are difficult for prosecutors to win. So, it is advantageous to work with an attorney with trial experience — a professional who can protect your rights and take cases to trial when necessary.