While assault, battery and threats of violence are already illegal in El Paso County, Colorado, the penalties and collateral consequences are more serious when the crime occurs between two people related by blood or marriage or who were previously in a romantic relationship.
The designation of a domestic relationship is usually defined to include a boyfriend and girlfriend, a husband and wife, gay or lesbian couples, a mother and father who have a child in common, or family members closely related by blood or marriage (particularly parents, children and siblings).
Many domestic violence cases also involve filing for a petition for protection (often called a "restraining order" or "injunction") against domestic violence.
Criminal charges can follow an allegation of a violation of an injunction for domestic violence. Related charges include stalking, cyberstalking and harassment.
Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
The CCDB provides support and training to criminal defense attorneys and advocates to protect the rights of the accused.
Lawyer Referral Service in El Paso County - The El Paso County Bar Association sponsors a non-profit Lawyer Referral Service to help residents of Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas of El Paso County, Colorado, find a qualified attorney. The attorneys that participate in the service are screened to confirm their experience in a particular practice area. The service also confirms that the attorney is in good standing with the Colorado State Bar, the local bar association, and has a clean disciplinary record. The LRS also serves individuals in Cripple Creek and throughout Teller County, Colorado.