Depending on the Denver Domestic Violence Stalking situation, stalking may be classified as a felony or misdemeanor. It is defined as making a credible threat to another person repeatedly and purposely by following, approaching, and contacting that person or a member of their immediate family or anyone they frequently contact. The latter may include co-workers, neighbors, or relatives outside the immediate family, such as cousins and aunts or uncles.
Types of Denver Domestic Violence Stalking
Common types are making frequent phone calls, following someone repeatedly, or even sending gifts or letters to an unreceptive individual. People may also stalk someone on the internet or in the workplace. Another type of stalking is vandalism, which is damage done to a person’s property. Though it is not a physically violent act, it can affect a person’s quality of life.
The following are acts for which a person may be charged with a felony or misdemeanor:
- Spray painting a person’s property
- Scratching (or keying) their vehicle
- Breaking windows
- Slashing tires; or
- Using hands and/or feet to kick or damage someone’s property
Civil Protection Orders
When there is a case of Domestic Violence or Stalking, the accuser may file a temporary protection order in civil court. This is issued by the court and is a direct order for the accused to have no contact whatsoever with the person who filed this. Here are the types and their basic purpose:
These are issued when there is imminent danger. A process server or sheriff must serve the accuser so this order will take effect. From there, they are enforceable until there is a full court hearing, which takes about 2 weeks from the time of the incident. From there, they may become permanent.