What To Do If You Are Contacted By Police For Domestic Violence

The vast majority of Colorado domestic violence cases begin when police respond to a complaint from either a participant or a bystander. 


Domestic violence arrests occur even when the complaining person tells the police that they do not want an arrest to be made. 

Domestic violence arrests occur even when the complaining person is simply requesting advice or information from the police.

There is no such thing as "refusing to press charges" once the police have been made aware of a domestic violence incident.


Colorado domestic violence law requires that police make an arrest whenever they have probable cause to believe that DV has occurred.  Therefore, police investigation of a DV complaint very often results in someone being immediately arrested. Most domestic violence cases start when the police are called for help by a partner claiming to have just been abused or a friend or neighbor claiming to have heard domestic abuse. A few domestic violence cases, though, are investigated long after the alleged DV event. This can happen if the police are called for some other reason but then begin to ask questions about domestic violence. It can also happen if some other agency, such as the department of social services, is investigating the family for another reason.


If a “cold case” of domestic violence is reported against you, you might be contacted by a police officer requesting to interview or question you. If you get this kind of call from the police, you should immediately call an experienced domestic violence defense attorney. You should not speak to the police until you have first called a lawyer. Here are some reasons why:


  • All domestic violence cases involve mandatory arrest. Sometimes when the police request an interview, this is for the primary reason of meeting you physically in order to arrest you.


  • Even if a warrant for your arrest is ultimately filed, there are steps you can take to deal with the arrest warrant. Just because you have a warrant for your arrest does not necessarily mean that you will go to jail or spend time in jail. A experienced criminal defense attorney can help you deal with an arrest warrant without spending time locked up.


  • If you try to defend yourself by talking to the police, you may inadvertently hurt your case, even if you are not guilty of anything. Most people have no idea how many innocent actions could fit under the Colorado domestic violence laws if they are explained poorly. Most people also have no idea that very serious consequences can attach to behavior that doesn’t seem all that bad.



You are not required to give a statement to police.

You are not required to return a call from a police officer.

You have a right to consult with an attorney before questioning.

You should always contact a knowledgeable Colorado domestic violence defense lawyer the moment you learn that you are under investigation.

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