Domestic Violence Attorney in Fort Collins, Colorado

A domestic violence conviction has the power to affect nearly every part of your life, including your family, your career, and even your constitutional right to possess a firearm. If you have been charged with domestic violence, there is no time to waste — contact a trusted defense attorney today. 

At The Leier Law Office LLC, we're committed to providing the highest quality legal representation for individuals facing domestic violence charges in Fort Collins, Colorado, and surrounding areas. We understand the gravity of these charges and the potential repercussions you may face. Our seasoned attorney is dedicated to safeguarding your rights and providing the most robust defense possible. With our extensive experience and knowledge of Colorado criminal law, we're here to guide you through this difficult time.

Whether you're in Loveland, Greeley, Windsor, Evans, or the nearby areas, our Fort Collins firm is ready to take your call. Reach out today to schedule a free consultation with our dedicated trial lawyer. 

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Defining “Domestic Violence”

In Colorado, domestic violence isn't just about physical harm. It encompasses any act or threatened act of violence against an intimate partner, or any crime committed with the intention to control, punish, intimidate, or threaten that partner. Intimate partners can refer to spouses, former spouses, unmarried couples, people who share a child, and more. 

Domestic violence covers a wide range of offenses, including:  

  • assault,  

  • stalking,  

  • harassment,  

  • sexual assault,  

  • obstructing telephone service

  • kidnapping,

  • false imprisonment

  • criminal mischief,  

  • trespassing, and  

  • protection order violations.  

Unfortunately, these cases affect thousands of people in Colorado every year and the state takes these charges very seriously.  

Domestic Violence in Colorado

Colorado's laws on domestic violence aim to prevent future acts of violence through various measures such as mandatory protection orders, firearm restrictions, bail conditions, and sentencing enhancements. Basically, any crime in Colorado can be considered a domestic violence crime depending on your intent and your relationship to the victim. 

How Does Sentencing Work?

When it comes to sentencing, judges in Colorado are forced to impose a domestic violence evaluation and classes. These classes can take over a year to complete and are costly. In domestic violence cases, you will be required to surrender firearms and ammunition and refrain from possessing or purchasing them while the case is pending. If you are convicted of a domestic violence crime, you will lose your 2nd amendment rights forever under state and federal law.

Possible Consequences and Penalties

The penalties for domestic assault in Colorado varygreatly depending on the level of harm inflicted, your state of mind, and whether a deadly weapon was used. The state recognizes three degrees of assault, with first-degree being the most serious and third-degree the least serious. The penalties for these offenses range from 364 days in jail up to 32 years in prison. It is important to visit with an experience criminal defense attorney to know what penalties you may be facing.

Enhanced Penalties for Repeat Domestic Violence Convictions

Colorado law doesn't take repeat domestic violence offenses lightly. If you have three or more previous convictions for acts of domestic violence and the current crime is an act of domestic violence, the offense can be charged as a class 5 felony.  

In Colorado, a class 5 felony can carry serious consequences, including one to three years in prison, along with a mandatory two-year period of parole. There's also a potential fine ranging from $1,000 to $100,000. It's important to remember, however, that these are just the basic statutory penalties. Actual sentences can vary widely depending on the specifics of each case. 

Enhanced penalties may also apply when you have prior protection order violations or have stalked the protected party. Remember, we're here to help you navigate these complexities and fight for your rights every step of the way. 

Choose a Former Prosecutor Who Has Handled Thousands Of Cases

Our defense attorney, Kent J. Leier, has extensive training and experience in handling domestic violence-related crimes. During his tenure as a deputy district attorney, he handled thousands of domestic violence-related crimes, and he is familiar with tactics used by the prosecution to obtain convictions. Rest assured, with our attorney by your side, you can trust in his comprehensive understanding of the legal system and his unwavering commitment to protecting your rights. 

Domestic Violence Attorney in Fort Collins, Colorado

At The Leier Law Office LLC, we know how frightening and overwhelming it can be to face accusations of domestic violence. These charges carry a heavy weight, not only legally but also emotionally. Allegations can arise from a variety of relationships — between spouses, former spouses, current and former unmarried couples, and even individuals who share a child. We're here in Fort Collins, Colorado, ready to stand by your side, offering a deep understanding of the law and unwavering support. Let us help you navigate through this challenging time.