The domestic violence charges against Aron Ralston, the 38-year-old adventurer who was the subject of the movie “127 Hours,” were recently dismissed, as prosecutors acknowledged that there was not sufficient evidence against him and, as a result, there was a low likelihood of conviction. However, Ralston’s girlfriend – 38-year-old Vita Shannon – has pled guilty to one charge of assault and another charge of wrongs to minors. Wrongs-to-minors charges are filed when children witness domestic violence incidents but are not injured in them.
According to the police report associated with this case, both Ralston and Shannon were arrested at the couple’s home late Saturday night after the authorities had been informed of the domestic dispute taking place there. When police arrived at the scene, Ralston reported that Shannon had hit him twice on his head with her fists as the couple was arguing while Shannon reported that Ralston had pushed her when he was attempting to leave the residence.
Although Ralston’s case has been resolved due to the prosecutors dismissing the domestic violence charges against him, Shannon will be appearing in court this Friday to resolve her case. If the court chooses to levy the maximum possible penalties against her (as she has pled guilty to all of the charges she faces), she could be sentenced to one year in prison and fines of as much as $999 for each charge to which she has pled guilty.
Denver Criminal Defense Lawyers
The authorities take allegations of domestic violence and assault crimes, particularly when they have allegedly been committed by individuals who have a criminal record or when they involve victims, extremely seriously, and these charges – even if a person is ultimately acquitted of them – can have a devastating impact on a person’s personal and professional life. If you or a loved one has been accused of domestic violence or of any felony or misdemeanor crime in Denver, you will need an experienced defense attorney who is dedicated to defending your rights.
At the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara, our skilled Denver domestic violence criminal defense lawyers are committed to providing the accused with the best possible defense and to working tirelessly to helping them resolve their case as favorably as possible. As soon as you start working with our trusted criminal defense lawyers, we will begin investigating your case, interviewing witnesses and compiling evidence to support your defense. We will also work diligently to get the prosecution’s evidence against you thrown out of court and, whenever possible, to get the charges against you reduced or potentially even dismissed entirely. To learn more about your legal rights and receive expert advice on how to proceed with your case, contact us at (720) 379-8262.