If you can afford a lawyer,hire one immediately. Unfortunately, there is little likelihood that an attorney will hand,e the case completely free; however, many attorneys will reduce fees and allow for payments to help you. If you can do none of the above, your son will be appointed a public defender and you can discuss his mental health issues with him/her. Good luck.
John S Riordan, Esq.
West Palm Beach, FL
Yes punching someone in the chest is a crime. In NY it is assault, many other places it is a battery, either way it is illegal.
Contacting someone after you were told not too via text or email does not seem to be enough for criminal charges.
John S. Riordan, Esq.
Typically most lawyers on this forum recommend to their clients NOT to pay the civil demand letters, although this path doesn't come without any risk. While not likely, Apple could sue you for recovery of the of the $250. This usually costs Apple more than $250 to pursue and is why this course of action is rarely used.
The court and DMV are seperate entities and have NOTHING to do with each other. Even if the DUI is dropped you must still complete DUI school for DMV to reinstate your license. DMV does this because you were arrested and they have the power to do so. YOur license will be susopended if you do not complete DUI school.
You need a lawyer. This charge is a charge of dishonesty and can affect you for the remainder if your life. Do not chance doing this without an experienced criminal defense attorney.
I practice in Palm Beach County and have an office in Lake Worth. Call me for a free consultation.
--John S. Riordan, Esq.
You are not likely to get any lawyer to handle it for free. You need to retain an attorney. Delays occur all the time and there may be a very good reason for the delay.
As an aside, if professionals are advising you to get you son to a specialist should should heed that advice. With a VOP it could a long time before it is resolved and he may be in custody until it is over.