According to New Hope.org, most domestic violence incidents in Colorado are never reported, yet one in four women will experience an instance of domestic violence during her lifetime. Women between the ages of 20 and 24 are those at the greatest risk of becoming a victim of domestic violence and women of all ages are more likely to be injured in a domestic violence incident than in car accidents, muggings and rapes combined. Sadly, domestic violence often escalates into murder—every year one in three women who are victims of homicide were murdered by a current spouse or partner or a former spouse or partner.
Domestic violence not only has an impact on the victim, but also on children and the community. Children exposed to domestic violence (whether they hear the incidents or visually witness them) are much more likely to experience a variety of health problems. Further, male children who are witnesses to incidents of domestic violence may be twice as likely to one day abuse their own partners.
Widespread Domestic Violence in Colorado Equates to Harsher Sentencing
Since domestic violence in Colorado is such a widespread issue, judges and prosecutors come down hard on those individuals who have been accused of domestic violence crimes. They do so in order to “send a message” to others that these crimes are not to be tolerated in our society. If you’re accused of domestic violence, you may face significantly harsher sentencing that someone who is just accused of assault. After all, a domestic violence crime will always result in charges for the crime itself, as well as a restraining order or no-contact order.
Due to the severity of these penalties and consequences, it is important that you speak to an experienced Colorado domestic violence defense lawyer as soon as you are able. Since very few domestic violence incidents are charged as misdemeanors, you will likely face serious felony offenses after an arrest for domestic violence. This can adversely affect your entire life, including your job, child custody, and even your ability to maintain housing. Your lawyer can protect your rights throughout the legal process and prevent you from serving unnecessarily harsh sentences.
Contact Our Domestic Violence Criminal Defense Lawyers Today
If you’ve been arrested and charged with domestic violence, your entire future may be at stake. WIthout an attorney on your side, you could serious long-term consequences that will adversely affect your entire life. Don’t delay in calling a knowledgeable Boulder criminal defense attorney from the Mertes Law Firm who can guide you through the process, looking out for your rights and your future. Call us today at 303-440-0123.