The goal of domestic violence protection orders in Colorado is to end violent, harassing, and intimidating behavior. If such an order has been taken out against you, our expert legal team at the Iyer Law Office in Denver is ready to help. First, let’s take a look at protection orders.
This legal order prohibits contacting, harassing, injuring, intimidating, molesting, threatening, touching, stalking, or sexually assaulting or abusing any protected person. It may prevent entering or remaining in a specific place or from coming within a certain distance of another person. It also prohibits threatening, taking, transferring, concealing, harming or threatening to harm an animal owned by the protected person. (Colo. Rev. Stat. §13-14-101(2.4)(a))
It is a civil order of protection from a person who is or has been related by blood or marriage, a person who has lived with or lives with them now, or a person with whom they’ve had an intimate relationship.
Definition of Domestic Abuse or Violence in Colorado
Any act, attempted act, or threatened act of violence, stalking, harassment, or coercion. Domestic abuse can also include any act, attempted act, or threatened act of violence against children under 18 or against any animal owned by either of the parties or by the children. It prohibits name-calling, threatening or harassing phone calls, threatening to injure themselves, threatening to physically or sexually abuse the children, threatening to use a weapon, threatening harm to animals; threatening by following; threatening by damaging property; throwing things; grabbing or pushing; forcing sexual contact; physically or sexually abusing the children; slapping, punching, kicking, biting, choking or otherwise physically harming; forcing someone to stay in a closet, room, house, or any other location against their will. (Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-14-101(2))
Domestic Violence Protection Orders
There are three types of civil domestic violence protection orders in Colorado, temporary, permanent, and emergency. (Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-14-104.5(1)(b))
- Temporary (ex parte) Protection Orders
This type of order can be issued if the judge believes someone is in immediate danger. The order can be issued without all parties being notified and in the courtroom. It is designed to protect the person before a full court hearing where a permanent order may be put in place, which is usually within 14 days. The order is enforceable once the person is personally served.
- Permanent Protection Orders
At the court hearing, the judge can continue the temporary protection order for up to 1 year or the judge can grant a permanent protection order. Permanent protection orders can also cover temporary care and custody of minor children.
- Emergency Protection Orders
A local law enforcement officer can request an emergency order if they believe someone is in immediate and present danger of domestic abuse, assault, stalking, sexual assault and abuse, or that a minor child is in immediate danger of an unlawful sexual offense or domestic abuse. This order is usually issued when the courts are closed or the judge cannot hold a hearing on the same day the order is filed. The judge will issue the order over the phone, and it will be written and signed by the requesting officer before being served on the defendant.
If you are facing domestic violence protection orders in Colorado, contact our attorney Vee Iyer and our legal team at the Iyer Law Office in Denver right away. We’ll start with a free consultation about your case. Once we move forward as your representation, we’ll protect your interests and work diligently to achieve a positive outcome in your favor.