Allegations of spousal abuse are taken extremely seriously by law enforcement officials and the criminal justice system. In fact, according to Colorado law, if 911 has been called due to alleged spousal abuse or domestic violence, an arrest will be made if the person accused of abuse is at the scene when police arrive. From there, the challenges and problems can snowball, and having an experienced attorney on your side to aggressively defend you will be critical to successfully resolving a criminal case.
At Peter Loyd Weber & Associates, our Broomfield and Boulder domestic violence defense attorneys have extensive experience defending people accused of spousal abuse. While we are committed to preserving our clients’ presumption of innocence throughout the course of their cases, we are also dedicated to providing each of our clients with aggressive legal advocacy to help them resolve their cases as favorably as possible.
Spousal Abuse Charges and Potential Penalties
While spousal abuse itself is not the focus of a specific criminal charge, there are a handful of different charges that can be filed against a person accused of spousal abuse. Some of these include:
- Third-degree assault, which is usually a Class 1 misdemeanor offense and is considered to be an extraordinary risk crime. Upon conviction, third-degree assault charges can be punishable by up to 2 years in jail. In more serious cases, first- or second-degree assault charges, both of which are very serious felonies, can be filed.
- Menacing, which is usually a Class 3 misdemeanor but can be a Class 5 felony when a deadly weapon was allegedly used. While Class 3 misdemeanors can be punishable by up to 6 months in jail, Class 5 felonies can be punishable by up to 3 years in prison.
- Harassment, which is generally a Class 3 misdemeanor.
- Restraining order violation, which is usually a Class 2 misdemeanor but can be a Class 1 misdemeanor when a person has been previously convicted of violating a restraining order. When a person is charged with violating a restraining order for a second (or subsequent) time, the offense is considered to be an extraordinary risk crime.
The bottom line is that criminal charges related to allegations of spousal abuse are very serious and can result in severe, potentially lifelong penalties.
Broomfield and Boulder Domestic Defense Attorneys at Peter Loyd Weber & Associates
Have you or a loved one been charged with spousal abuse? If so, the Broomfield and Boulder domestic violence defense attorneys at the Peter Loyd Weber & Associates are ready to immediately start defending you. Our primary concern is building you the strongest possible defense so that you are able to obtain the best possible outcome to your case.
Dedicated to protecting your constitutional rights throughout the criminal process, our Broomfield and Boulder domestic violence defense attorneys will provide you with effective, aggressive legal advocacy, as well as personalized care and cost-effective representation.
We have a proven record of success and excellence in helping our clients favorably resolve their domestic violence and spousal abuse cases, and we are ready to put our experience, knowledge and skills to work defending you.
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