Domestic Violence charge requires a specifically defined relationship between the parties

In Colorado, for an offense to be classified as a "domestic violence" offense, the alleged victim has to be one that the person charged with an offense was in an "intimate relationship" with. That "intimate relationship" is defined as a relationship between spouses, former spouses, past or present unmarried couples, or persons who are both the parents of the same child.  So "intimacy" is not a requirement and having been "intimate" is not necessarily the deciding factor. I have handled cases where, although the people had engaged in sexual intercourse, they did not consider themselves a "couple" and so the offense was not a "domestic violence" offense.  Worth considering if you are interested in avoiding the "domestic violence" tag on a case.


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