Domestic violence charges are serious matters and can have serious repercussions both inside and outside the justice system. Law enforcement officers are trained to arrest someone when they are investigating a domestic violence charge. This can lead to a hasty decision.
Pursuant to C.R.S. 18-6-800.3, “Domestic Violence” means an act or threatened act of violence upon a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship. “Domestic Violence” also includes any other crime against a person, or against property, including an animal, or any municipal ordinance violation against a person , or against property, including an animal, when used as a method of coercion, control, punishment, intimidation, or revenge directed against a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship.
“Intimate relationship” means a relationship between spouses, former spouses, past or present unmarried couples or persons who are both the parents of the same child regardless of whether the persons have been married or have lived together at any time.