Pleading guilty to accusations of domestic violence in Colorado can have long-term impacts on your life, especially if this implication comes during a divorce or when you have children with the other party. Domestic violence is defined as being the threat of an act or an act of violence against someone the defendant has been in a relationship with intimately. Interestingly, those who share a child may also be able to be accused of domestic violence if a fight happens, even if they’ve never lived together.

There are many statistics that back up stories of domestic violence in homes. For example, one in four women over 18 in the United States have reportedly been the victim of severe physical domestic abuse from a partner in their lifetimes. On top of that, four out of five of those victims were female.

Even though domestic violence does take place, that doesn’t mean that you should be accused of it for little reason. There’s a difference between playful shoving and pushing or hitting someone, and there’s certainly a difference between an accident and intentionally hurting someone.

Accusations of domestic abuse can lead to several serious problems in your life. You may find it more difficult to spend time with your children or to get the visitation time you want, and you could face serious punishments like jail or prison time if you’re convicted. You could lose your job following a conviction in some cases, and depending on the type of crime you’re accused of, you could even have to register on a sex offender list.

Source: The National Domestic Violence Hotline, “Get the Facts & Figures” accessed Mar. 25, 2015