Accusations of domestic abuse and violence are always troubling. Along with the feelings of the victim, the accused also faces serious consequences if found guilty of the charges against them. If there are questions about the accuracy of the accusations or mitigating circumstances, the stakes are even higher.
If you have been accused of domestic violence, you must understand the laws governing these crimes to ensure your best interests remain protected. The Legal Information Network of Colorado explains what is and is not considered a crime in the state.
Domestic abuse involves acts of violence or threats made towards a relative, a person you live with, or a person you are involved in an intimate relationship with, such as a boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse. In addition to acts affecting the alleged victim, a person can also be charged with domestic abuse for aggression towards a child or a pet in the home.
Domestic violence is not a criminal charge on its own. Instead, it is added to other criminal charges, such as assault. It includes threats, acts of violence, attempted violence, harassment, stalking, intimidation, coercion, and other behaviors. It also covers children and pets, as well as damage to property that is owned by the victim.
Emotional abuse involves threats, intimidation, shaming, humiliation, and bullying behaviors. While these behaviors can take a toll on a person’s mental wellness, they are not actually considered illegal according to Colorado law. They can be addressed as a civil matter, such as a personal injury lawsuit alleging pain and suffering as a result of mistreatment.
All allegations of domestic violence and abuse must be taken seriously. Even if you are innocent of the crimes you are being accused of, you still face serious consequences if convicted. In addition to legal consequences, your personal and professional life can also be greatly affected.