Often in cases where domestic violence is charged, you and the alleged “victim” (typically a spouse or domestic partner) do not want a protection order in place which does not allow for any communication or cohabitation. These protection orders can even affect your ability to see your own children.
Violations or Attempted Violations of a Protection or Restraining Order
There are two types of restraining orders:
- Criminal mandatory protection order (C.R.S. 18-1-1001)
- Civil protection order (C.R.S. 13-14-102)
Charges of violation or attempted violation of a protection or restraining order (civil or criminal) can result in jail time. It is important to know whether the protection order you are alleged to have violated is a civil or criminal order because under Colorado law, the possible penalties are different. If you have an unresolved criminal case or ongoing civil domestic relations case, charges of violation of a protection order can substantially affect the outcome of your criminal or civil case. We work with you to give you the strongest possible chance of resolving your court cases favorably. Don’t go into court alone or with an overworked or inexperienced attorney.
DA’s have no incentive to give you a fair plea offer in your case.
The Government’s Case Against You
Often, prosecutors charge violation of a criminal protection order when the underlying protection order is civil, and the penalties for these errors in charges can be severe. District Attorneys are dangerous because they have no incentive to correct these errors or to give you a fair plea offer in your case. The only person who stands to be affected negatively from a prosecutor’s mistake is you. Our experienced protection order lawyers will help correct these errors and fight for you to get the best possible outcome from these charges.
Why You Need a Protection and Restraining Order Lawyer in Fort Collins
Because our attorneys practice only criminal law, we know how to spot these errors in charges from a sloppy government system and how to help you modify a protection or restraining order. We carefully examine the full history of your case and the police reports if you have been charged with a violation of a protection or restraining order. Our attorneys will attend hearings with you and can help you present the best possible case to a judge or jury. Don’t trust your future to the government’s analysis of your situation. Legal errors are frequently made. Call us today for a free consultation.