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Accused of Domestic Violence in CO During COVID-19 Quarantine?

On March 26, 2020, Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued a statewide stay-at-home order to combat the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak by requiring residents to remain in their homes all day, unless they need to perform an essential task (e.g. grocery shopping or refilling medication at the pharmacy). Unfortunately, the order has also caused many businesses to close their doors for the time being, causing millions of people to lose their jobs. 

Being home around family each and every day, the constant cycle of terrifying news, unemployment, and the stress of having to support the household are all conditions that can lead to domestic violence. In fact, government and law enforcement officials expect an increase in domestic abuse incidents throughout the coronavirus quarantine. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), domestic violence rates significantly increase during epidemics, natural disasters, and other times of crisis. Axios reported that a local police station near Wuhan said there were triple the number of domestic violence cases in February 2020 compared to the same month last year. 

Although domestic violence is a serious issue, not all allegations are backed by truth. False allegations commonly occur when both parties are involved in a hotly contested child custody dispute or one person is seeking revenge on the other. 

Unfortunately, Colorado has a mandatory arrest policy when it comes to domestic violence incidents. If an officer has probable cause that domestic violence has occurred, he/she will arrest the alleged abuser. 

The following are several indicators law enforcement officials must observe to establish probable cause: 

  • Control 
  • Coercion 
  • Intimidation 
  • Punishment 
  • Revenge 

While this policy is designed to protect victims, they often result in unfounded criminal charges because the police are required to make an arrest. The last thing you want to deal with during the COVID-19 pandemic is a criminal charge, which is why you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights and freedom. 

At the Law Office of David L. Owen, Jr., our Denver domestic violence defense attorney has more than three decades of experience helping clients facing serious criminal charges. He understands what it takes to help you avoid harsh penalties and get your life back in order. 

Contact us today at (303) 622-3281 and request a free consultation.