Domestic Violence Lawyers in Colorado Springs
Helping Victims of Abuse Find Protection & Relief
Domestic violence can occur in any situation, though we typically see domestic violence immediately before or during a divorce, custody battle, or during times of financial or emotional distress including the loss of a job or similar life-changing event. In some cases, the stress is so overwhelming that a person who has not exhibited signs of aggression or abuse can snap or experience their own uncontrolled behavior that leads to poor decision-making or a lack of impulse control. In these cases, it is crucial that you and your family seek protection using legal means. Drexler Law has experience helping victims protect themselves.
Dial (719) 259-0050 now or contact us online to get started on your consultation with the Colorado Springs domestic violence at Drexler Law.
Any actions of abuse from one partner against the other in an intimate setting such as a family, marriage or a dating relationship can be classified as domestic violence.
Domestic violence includes:
- Physical aggression such as striking, shoving, kicking, hitting, or slapping
- Sexually abusing
- Emotionally abusing or controlling another
- Throwing objects such as a cell phone against a wall in a fit of anger or rage
- Preventing someone from calling for safety including dialing 911
Regardless of the case or circumstances behind an incident of domestic violence, seeking legal protection during times of domestic violence is important for your own safety and well-being. Domestic violence allegations can also have an impact on other legal proceedings such as divorce, legal separation and child custody.
There's No Such Thing as Pressing Charges in Domestic Violence Cases
A common misconception is that an alleged victim must press charges against the other party. The alleged victim does not need to press charges or even participate in the proceedings — it's up to the investigating police officer and the district attorney to initiate and pursue the criminal case. In fact, if the accused perpetrator of domestic violence attempts to influence the alleged victim — perhaps to encourage the victim to recant his or her initial report — the defendant can face additional witness tampering felony charges and be subject to more serious penalties.
Protection against Erroneous Charges
If you have been charged with domestic violence or even suspect that incidents of domestic violence will surface in your divorce or custody case, contact Drexler Law in Colorado Springs. Our experienced and aggressive attorneys are here to provide you with protection from the various allegations that could surface, including criminal charges.
Even more concerning is that in the vast majority of cases, someone is going to be arrested. Gone are the days of police officers encouraging one of the parties to leave the home for the night. Police officers are often compelled (by law or police training and procedure) to take one or both parties into custody. Whether this serves public policy is a significant question for debate, but it's a debate that will need to be addressed after dealing with the serious allegations and ramifications of being involved in the criminal justice system and family law courts.
Don't Attempt to Handle the Situation on Your Own
After an arrest and criminal charge, very little can be done on your part to improve the situation. However, what you say and how you act after being charged can be the difference between a successful resolution and between multiple criminal charges, a jail sentence, and losing custody of your children. This is not to mention being saddled with additional costs, fines, attorney's fees, spousal maintenance, alimony and child support.
Two things that everyone accused of domestic violence should know:
- Once the mandatory protection order is entered, it's illegal to make any kind of contact with the alleged victim or to possess any weapons. That's right — even if you have a legally registered firearm, you have to get rid of it.
- You should hire an attorney immediately. Do not under any circumstance try to do this on your own. You will be dealing with so many moving parts of the court system that you can get spun around without any recourse to undue significant and permanent harm.
The natural instinct for almost everyone is to try to talk it out with the alleged victim. After all, they will see that you are sorry and just drop the charges, right? False in many ways. This is not only a bad idea that could result in the filing of additional charges, but this action also serves no purpose and makes no point.
Do Not Try to Work Out Your Case with Your Spouse or Partner
In Colorado, the prosecuting attorney is the only one who can drop charges — not the victim and certainly not the defendant. Imagine having the victim testify that you talked them into having their lawyer drop the case. This move appears to be another effort to control or manipulate the victim.
The best strategy in every case is to remove yourself from the middle and find an experienced criminal defense and family law attorney to advocate for you.
With Drexler Law, our team can:
- Collect the necessary facts
- Interview the alleged victim and other witnesses
- Examine the information and evidence in the possession of the district attorney (called discovery)
- Present your case to both the prosecution and the court and, in some cases, to a jury
Call (719) 259-0050 now to get started building your case with Drexler Law.
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