You need to hire a lawyer. If you can not afford one, the municipality will provide one for you through legal aid or the state's 18-B panel. However, not being able to afford one in the eyes of the Court is very different than just not having the funds readily available or not wanting to spend the money on a lawyer. You must truly be indigent. Do not represent yourself. As for the offer to resolve the case, no lawyer could advise you on the possibility of obtaining an ACD without more...
You definitely have a case for assault. the statute of limitations is one year. So act wuickly. The problem is that it is doubtful any insurance would cover the claim for him and its unclear if he has assets. If you are just seeking to have your expenses covered for the medical procedure, you may want to apply to the crime victims fund.
You should absolutely consult with an attorney.
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You can obtain a certificate of disposition from the Clerks office in the basement of the Courthouse. You are correct to be concerned and ensuring you properly answer the question. Based on the amount of $ paid at the appearance, I suspect it was written up under the violation statute.
It sounds like you signed a confession. This alone is not dispositive of the case against you. It is possible, but highly unlikely, that this can be resolved through the mail as occurs in some upstate counties. I suggest you retain a lawyer and plan on appearing on the next Court date. Hopefully, on that date a plea deal can be worked out.
Immediately consult with a medical malpractice lawyer as the statute of limitations is 2.5 years. After that time period has lapsed, you will likely be barred from filing a lawsuit. Unfortunately, your question didn't contain enough info for any of us to properly 'screen' if you have a potential case. Err on the side of caution and act quickly.
Frequently people with pending court cases are required to leave the State or jurisdiction for a multitude of reasons. Unless you were released with a specific condition that you not travel outside the court's jurisdiction, you should be okay to relocate. You must appear at all of your future scheduled court dates. Failure to do so, could result in a warrant for your arrest. It would be advisable to consult with the lawyer who is representing you on the current charges.
Holding down a job while on parole is often a required condition. You must notify your parole officer immediately and advise him/her of your job prospect. Based on the parole conditions you may be bound to working in NJ, but it is worth pursuing with your po.
A lawsuit is considered an asset in the bankruptcy court. Thus, it must be listed on your schedule of assets along with your property or assets. Failing to list it is essentially faud on the bankruptcy court and will require the process to begin anew with amending the schedule of assets once it is discovered. THe bankruptcy filing will also result in a stay of the underlying lawsuit and thus prolong the amount of time it will take you t oseek compensation.