Colorado law requires police officers to make an arrest when they respond to a dispute between individuals who are involved romantically or have been at some point in the past. Officers are not permitted to use discretion in these situations even if the people involved were only romantically involved for a brief time.
In some cases, a couple's relationship can become one that is more fraught with arguments and anger rather than happiness. While many couples can face difficulties, some situations can escalate into one party feeling the need to gain a restraining order against another party. In some cases, such a protective order may come about due to exaggerated circumstances, but if one is put in place, an individual could face serious consequences for violating such an order.