Fact 3 – Alleged victims can’t end Colorado DV cases by trying to drop the charges against someone.
With Colorado domestic violence cases, whether or not formal charges will be filed against the alleged perpetrator in the case will be solely up to the prosecutor handling the case. What this means is that:
- The alleged victims will not be able to drop the case and the complaint if they decide they don’t want to pursue Colorado domestic violence cases at some point in the future.
- Prosecutors may take victims’ wishes into consideration when deciding whether or not to file formal charges, but this decision will most likely be based on the available evidence in the case (namely, whether prosecutors believe that they have sufficient evidence to secure a conviction or not).
- If prosecutors are considering offering a plea deal to defendants, they will consult with the victims first.
Fact 4 – When Colorado domestic violence cases result in convictions, part of the sentence will include mandatory attendance to a domestic violence program.
Regardless of whether Colorado domestic violence cases involve misdemeanor or felony charges, when convictions in these cases are handed down, at least part of the sentence for the convicted person will involve having to complete a domestic violence program.
These programs, which must be approved by the state, can be as expensive as they are time-consuming, but completing them will be essential to completing the terms of probation associated with Colorado domestic violence cases and, in turn, avoiding additional criminal charges, cases and penalties.
To find approved domestic violence programs for convicted people in Colorado, check with the Colorado Department of Public Safety (under the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice).
We will wrap up our discussion of Colorado domestic violence cases in a third part of this blog series that will be published in the near future. We invite you to check it out!
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