The criminal defense attorneys at Graf & Associates, P.C. are experts at defending domestic violence charges. The prosecution of domestic violence allegations is a growth industry in Colorado. The mere allegation by a spouse or significant other can lead to your arrest and prosecution. Laws intended to protect the safety of the victims of domestic violence are frequently misused. Those contemplating divorce may make false allegations of domestic violence to remove their spouse from a home or limit their spouse from exercising parenting time with children. Just as frequently, arguments that do not involve any criminal behavior are reported to the police to include exaggerations and falsehoods that will ultimately result in an arrest. In most instances, if the police are called, someone is going to be arrested. Once an arrest occurs, the case will proceed regardless of whether the reporting party changes their story or asks for the charges to be dropped.
Conviction on any domestic violence charge has dire consequences including the loss of the right to own or possess a firearm. Federal Law 18 U.S.C. §922(g)(9) makes it a crime for any person who has been convicted of an act of domestic violence from possessing a firearm. This applies to convictions for state misdemeanor offenses.