Have you been accused of domestic violence? You know that these charges can bring about serious repercussions, damaging more than just your record. A domestic violence conviction can ruin your future, stripping you of parental rights and many other legal rights you once held. That is why it is so crucial that you retain qualified and knowledge counsel—especially when facing a criminal protection order. If you don’t know what is involved in a criminal protection order, you could accidentally violate the order, leading to further penalties and damage to your future.
Richard B. Huttner is a seasoned Denver domestic violence defense attorney who has represented thousands of clients over the years. He understands your charges and can guide you through this confusing and often overwhelming time. If you are up against a criminal protection order in addition to your domestic violence charges, do not hesitate to call the firm today.
Richard B. Huttner, P.C. is here to defend you. Call 303-595-4342.
What You Need to Know About Mandatory Protection Orders
In domestic violence cases in Colorado, the defendant will be required to sign a protection order prior to being released. The order will be in full effect until the case is resolved or an appeal is approved / resolved.
Protection orders place the following restrictions on the defendant:
- No malicious contact can be made with plaintiff or witnesses (harassing, retaliating, tampering, molesting, etc.)
- Must vacate the home of the victim and stay away from any of their residences
- Cannot have any direct or indirect contact with the victim
- Must refrain from purchasing or possessing any ammunition or firearms
- Cannot possess or consume alcohol or drugs
If the defendant knowingly violates this protection order, it is considered an additional crime under §18-6-803.5, C.R.S. This offense can carry as much as $5,000 in fines and an additional 18 months behind bars. Further, it puts the defendant in contempt of court.
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Keep in mind, the victim or plaintiff does not have any power to change the protection order. Even if the victim “gives you permission” to communicate with them, it is still considered a violation and you can be arrested and prosecuted. Only the court can change the terms of the order. You do have the opportunity to apply for a modification or dismissal of the protection order, so do not hesitate to retain the counsel of a domestic violence lawyer in Denver.
Richard B. Huttner can fight to get your protection order dismissed or modified. He can also craft a strong and strategic defense against your domestic violence charges. Let him guide you through this serious time!