Domestic violence is a serious charge. Though your case may not be held in higher court, municipal court domestic violence cases should be taken just as seriously as any other criminal matter. Many people don’t realize just how dangerous their situation is. A wrong step, misstatement, or improper preparation could all lead to a wrongful conviction and severe consequences.
If you head into municipal court to face domestic violence charges alone, you could be facing grave repercussions. That is why it is so crucial that you retain a lawyer to protect your rights and interests during this time.
What Does a Domestic Violence Charge Involve?
Misdemeanor-level domestic violence cases are heard in municipal courts. Under the law, domestic violence is defined as any incident of violence upon a spouse, child, parent, sibling, partner, or individual that the defendant has an intimate relationship with. The charge can include a crime against a person or their property.
When accused, you could face the following penalties:
- A restraining order which involves more serious penalties if violated
- A loss of your right to bear arms (own a gun or other weapon)
- Mandatory domestic violence classes
- Probation, including serious restrictions
- Time in jail for more serious cases
- Thousands of dollars in fines
- Loss of custody or visitation rights
When Is the Right Time to Talk With an Attorney?
Even if you think your charges aren’t that serious, it is imperative that you talk to a Denver domestic violence attorney about your case. Talking to our firm about your charges is the first step you should take. Richard B. Huttner, P.C. is seasoned in handling such cases. He has taken on thousands of criminal matters over the years and is well-versed in the laws relating to domestic violence charges. Richard does not take these cases lightly, even when handling in municipal court. If you want to ensure your future and your rights remain safeguarded, be sure to secure representation for your domestic violence case.