In Colorado, domestic violence isn’t a crime in and of itself. It is tucked onto your charges as an enhancement if determined that the crime stemmed from domestic violence. This could lengthen your prison or probation sentence and increase any penalties you may be facing.
A domestic violence conviction is not to be taken lightly and can have far-reaching consequences in your life. Even the accusation itself could result in negative stigma. Here are some ways a charge could impact your life:
Domestic violence treatment program
Under Colorado law, you’re required to undergo evaluation and enter into a treatment program as part of your sentencing. The program may include counseling, group therapy and other forms of treatment.
Prohibited from owning a firearm
You cannot legally own a firearm once you have a DV charge on your record. You’re also required to give up any firearms that you own to the court for the safety of the victim and their family.
Difficulty finding employment
Most employers will run background checks on potential employees, and since criminal records are available to the public, it’s difficult to hide any convictions. Some employers also run routine background checks so they could still take punitive action against you.
Restrictions on movement
A DV charge usually comes with a mandatory protection order which limits your movements. This means that you have to actively avoid any places that the alleged victim may be. It’s especially difficult if you live together since you’ll have to move out.
A domestic violence conviction could heavily impact your life, and therefore, you should fight the charges for the sake of your reputation and quality of life.