Domestic violence charges have been becoming increasingly common in recent years. While domestic violence is a serious social problem, legislative reaction has been at times overboard. Law enforcement has been trained to always arrest someone when they are called out to a domestic violence complaint. This policy does not give the police adequate time to properly investigate a situation. Because of these reasons in has become increasingly important to hire the experienced Fort Collins domestic violence attorneys at Schwartz & Waible.

Under Colorado law, “Domestic Violence” means an act or threatened act of violence upon a person with whom the actor / suspect / defendant 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.

Under Colorado law, “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.

Domestic Violence convictions also carry extraordinary collateral consequences beyond the actual sentence imposed by the Court. For example, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act effectively prohibits any person convicted of even a misdemeanor act of domestic violence from possessing a firearm. This prohibition equates to a permanent loss of a defendant’s 2nd amendment rights. A conviction for domestic violence can close the door on a variety of jobs. More and more employers, as well as state licensing boards are asking applicants questions specific to domestic violence accusations and convictions.

It is no longer the case that only men are charged with domestic violence. As Fort Collins domestic violence attorneys we have seen an increase in women being accused as well. We have seen cases where accusers have exaggerated or outright lied to gain an advantage in custody disputes. Our Fort Collins domestic violence attorneys have worked extensively with both men and women to uncover and document prior incidents of abuse that went unreported because the person was too scared, confused or embarrassed to disclose these facts to the police. This evidence can be used to bolster a self-defense claim or mitigate a sentence imposed by the Court.

Fort Collins domestic violence attorneys at Schwartz and Waible have challenged domestic violence charges at trial more than any other kind of accusation. We have been successful at both the felony and misdemeanor level. We have also been successful at negotiating fair plea bargains with prosecutors because of our reputation of being effective advocates for our clients. Domestic Violence charges are extremely serious. If you find yourself accused of an act of domestic violence, call the Fort Collins domestic violence attorneys at Schwartz and Waible today.

Fort Collins domestic violence attorneys, Schwartz & Waible, also serve the following locations throughout Colorado: Greeley, Loveland, Windsor, and Wellington.

What Our Clients Are Saying

Our son was in need of representation, and we considered doing things on our own; but since we were unfamiliar with the law and procedures involved to resolve the issue, we contacted Schwartz and Waible. It was the best decision we could have made. The charges our son faced were unwarranted, and since the attorney succeeded in persuading the opposition to fairly evaluate the situation, we were able to sleep at night; and ultimately, the charges were dismissed. I give my highest recommendation for the law firm. We couldn’t be more pleased with their services and the outcome as a result.
- Shawn

I would refer Schwartz & Waible as attorneys to anyone that is in need. They take the time to make sure that you know what the process of the courts are and are always willing to answer any question no matter how big or small it may be. They are very kind and understanding. Any time I needed to check in to see where our case was going, I always got a returned call back in a timely manner. They are some of the good guys to have in your corner. Thanks Schwartz & Waible for holding my hand through everything we went through the summer of 2010.
- Lisa

The law firm of Schwartz & Waible responded very quickly to my e-mail when I needed a lawyer in Fort Collins. The attorneys listened very attentively and offered sound advice, which put me at ease when my case came in front of the judge. They presented my case so well that the judge ruled in my favor. I was so thankful and would recommend them to anyone that needs an excellent lawyer.
- Connie

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