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How often does violent crime occur in Denver?

Data collected according to Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) standards revealed that during the first two months of the year, there were 11 homicides in Denver. In addition, there were 143 rapes. Also during the first two months of the year, there were 333 robberies in Denver. In total, there were 717 aggravated assaults in Denver during the first two months of the year.

UCR is a standardized crime data collection system used by the FBI. When recording crime statistics, UCR only counts the highest crime category, or most serious crime category, per incident. UCR records crime statistics for murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, auto theft and arson.

A closer look at domestic violence in the U.S.

This blog has recently discussed the potential prevalence of domestic violence in policing communities, however, domestic violence can exist in any environment or community. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that family and intimate partner violence is a common concern in American communities.

According to the CDC, one out of three women has been slapped, pushed or shoved by an intimate partner during their lifetime. In addition, almost one out of four women has experienced violence that is considered severe at the hands of an intimate partner. Severe violence includes being beaten, burned, choked, slammed against and object or hit with a fist. Among men, nearly 14 percent, during their lifetimes, experience severe intimate partner violence.

What is the impact of domestic violence in policing communities?

In our previous post here we discussed an alleged domestic violence incident involving a police officer in Colorado. In addition, there have been other significant alleged incidents of domestic abuse involving officers in Colorado and elsewhere. Domestic violence is often difficult to discuss and while it is important to keep in mind that domestic violence can occur in any type of setting, some research suggests that there are a significant number of domestic violence incidents that are alleged within the policing profession.

Studies have revealed that intimate partners of police officers experience domestic abuse situations at a greater rate than the general population. The National Center for Women and Policing observed that 40 percent of police officers and their families encounter domestic violence situations, whereas 10 percent of the general public encounters domestic violence situations in their families. Research also suggests that domestic violence infrequently results in job loss for police officers.

Denver police officer facing domestic violence charges

It is important to be familiar with criminal defense options when accused of a crime because of the serious consequences criminal accusations, charges and convictions carry. According to a recent report, a Denver police officer was recently arrested at his home for domestic violence. He was taken to a local jail. The police officer is facing domestic violence and assault charges. He was held without bond and recently appeared in court. According to a Denver Police Department representative, the police officer will be on non-patrol duty while his domestic violence case is being resolved.

Domestic assault charges are serious. Individuals who are facing domestic violence allegations and a potential domestic violence conviction also face a number of penalties and a potentially damaged reputation. Domestic violence accusations, arrests and charges can result in a criminal record, while a domestic violence conviction may result in a criminal record in addition to jail or prison time.

Criminal accusations can haunt accused individuals

A criminal arrest is a significant event in any individual's life. In addition, the impact of a criminal arrest can be long-lasting. An increased focus on policing and enforcement in recent decades has led to arrests for even minor offenses.

The total number of individuals in the FBI's master criminal database is estimated to be 77.7 million. As a result, nearly one out of every three adults in the United States is in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's master database. To add to that number, 10,000 to 12,000 individuals are added daily. At the same time, only half of the FBI's arrest records contain information that is completely up-to-date.

Drug manufacturing charges require a strong defense

It can be important to be familiar with the impacts of changes to marijuana laws. In Colorado, it is legal to grow marijuana, however, the amount that is grown must comply with legal limits. Accusations of large-scale drug growth or drug manufacturing activity outside of legal limits can draw serious consequences.

Drug growth and manufacturing accusations and charges can have significant financial consequences and threaten an accused individual's future.

Better understanding the different forms of domestic violence

Because of the serious impacts of, and consequences associated with, domestic violence, it can be helpful for individuals and families to be aware of the different types of domestic violence. Domestic violence can devastate families and result in criminal charges as well. There is a significant range of behaviors that can be considered domestic violence, including physical violence and coercion. Perhaps domestic violence is most commonly associated with physical violence but can include other forms of abuse, such as emotional abuse, as well.

Domestic violence includes physical harm, sexual violence and harm, psychological harm, emotional harm and economic abuse and harm. Physical harm can include a number of forms of unwanted and harmful physical contact and may also involve a weapon. Physical harm may or may not require medical attention. Sexual violence and harm can include physically violent sexual behavior or demeaning sexual behaviors.

Can breath tests be relied upon?

Breath tests are an important part of drunk driving charges and accusations. Because drunk driving charges can result in serious consequences and penalties, it is important to understand the various criminal defense options that may be available to individuals facing DUI charges. One type of challenge may be to the evidence, including blood alcohol content level (BAC), allegedly against the accused individual which can commonly include breath tests.

In general, breath tests are not considered exceptionally reliable. It has been noted that in circumstances when reliability is important, such as in the legal context, breath tests should not be relied upon. Research reveals that breath tests vary 15 percent from actual blood alcohol content levels. This is largely because breath tests, unlike blood tests, only measure BAC indirectly. Breath test machines may sometimes need to be adjusted to ensure accuracy and must also be properly maintained, recalibrated as necessary and administered properly.

Local political hopeful faces domestic violence charges

Knowing how to respond to domestic violence accusations and charges, when faced with them, can be important to any accused individual. A local political hopeful was recently arrested on charges of assault and violating a protective order. The mayoral hopeful was also recently arrested for domestic violence menacing, and other charges, related to accusations she pointed a rifle at a man, as well as for other criminal accusations. The woman has an alleged history of domestic violence.

During the most recent alleged incident, the 48-year old woman allegedly had a verbal altercation with her common-law husband in the couple's home which she had previously been ordered to remain away from. The woman is accused of throwing multiple items at her common-law husband and causing a minor injury to his hand which did not require medical attention. The woman was charged with second degree assault and violation of a mandatory protection order following the most recent alleged incident.

What are the consequences of refusing a breath test in Colorado?

Driving under the influence charges may bring individuals that have not had prior contact with the criminal justice system into contact with it. Because of this, you may have a variety of question concerning what happens if you or a loved one is pulled over for a DUI. Questions may include, among others, what the consequences are for refusing to submit to a breath test.

Because Colorado has an expressed consent law, drivers in Colorado consent to a chemical test to determine intoxication in circumstances when a police officer possesses reasonable grounds to believe the driver is driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs and that the driver's ability to drive is impaired. Drivers who fail to submit to a required breath test in Colorado will be labeled persistent drunk drivers. The designation of Persistent Drunk Driver in Colorado can carry additional penalties, including required installation of an ignition interlock device.

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